- a dramatic section of an opera, for solo singers, that includes a recitative, arioso, and arias
- an accompanied section of a libretto or a specially composed dramatic piece for a solo singer presented in concert
Origin of scenaItalian
- A subdivision or scene of an opera.
- The recitative part of a larger vocal number within an opera.
Origin of scenaItalian, from Latin scaena, stage; see scene.
- A scene in an opera.
- An accompanied dramatic recitative, interspersed with passages of melody, or followed by a full aria.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.