Opera, generally on a serious theme, in which the whole text is set to music.
Webster's New World
A lavishly produced opera.
Grand Opera Sentence Examples
In that year Wagner visited Paris for the third time; and after much negotiation, in which he was nobly supported by the Prince and Princess Metternich, Tannhduser was accepted at the Grand Opera.
Lastly, the rules of that game were useless on the stage, and Wagner soon found in Meyerbeer a master of grand opera who was dazzling the world by means which merely disgusted the more serious academic musicians of the day.
In 1889 concert performances of grand opera were started, and in 1896 a chorus was formed, thus making it possible adequately to present the operas.
Covent Garden Theatre (1858) is the chief seat of grand opera in London.
In the early 1900's touring companies came to offer drama, music & grand opera.