- 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
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- A subdivision or scene of an opera.
- The recitative part of a larger vocal number within an opera.
Origin: Italian, from Latin scaena, stage; see scene.