- a style of opera dealing with the lives of common people and usually characterized by violent or tragic situations and highly dramatic performance
Origin: It: see verism
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- An artistic movement of the late 19th century, originating in Italy and influential especially in grand opera, marked by the use of rural characters and common, everyday themes often treated in a melodramatic manner.
Origin: Italian; see verism.