Opus vs Opera - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between opus and opera

is that opus is a work of music or set of works with a specified rank in an ordering of a composer's complete published works while opera is (music) a theatrical work combining drama, music, song and sometimes dance.

opus

English

Noun

(en-noun)
  • A work of music or set of works with a specified rank in an ordering of a composer's complete published works.
  • Beethoven's ''opus'' eighteen quartets are considered by many to be the beginning of the Romantic era.
  • A work, especially of art.
  • The painter's last opus was a dedication to all things living, in a surprising contrast to all of his prior work.

    Usage notes

    The most common plural of opus'' in English is ''opuses''. Some people use the Latin plural, ''opera''. ''Opi'' is fairly common in the field of classical music, though mostly in informal contexts. The use of any of these three pluralizations may result in the speaker being corrected, though ''opi'' above all should be avoided in formal contexts. Outside of music, the word ''opus'' sees particularly frequent use in the expression ''magnum opus .

    opera

    English

    (wikipedia opera)

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • (lb) A theatrical work combining drama, music, song and sometimes dance.
  • (lb) The score for such a work.
  • A building designed for the performance of such works; an opera house.
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  • *:“I don't mean all of your friends—only a small proportion—which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera , the gorged dowagers,, the jewelled animals whose moral code is the code of the barnyard—!"
  • A company dedicated to performing such works.
  • (lb) Any showy, melodramatic or unrealistic production resembing an opera.
  • A collection of work (plural of opus).
  • Derived terms

    * comic opera * grand opera * horse opera * oat opera * opera bouffe * opera comique * opera buffa * opera hat * opera house * opera seria * opera singer * opera slipper * soap opera * space opera

    See also

    * aria * ballet * masque * melodrama * musical comedy * recitative * singspiel *

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