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A drama in which the text is set to music and staged. The texts of operas are sung, with singing and stage action nearly always given instrumental accompaniment. Many operas also feature instrumental interludes (called intermezzi) and dance scenes; even extended ballets that interrupt the action.
opus (s), opera (pl)
1. A creative work, especially a musical composition numbered to designate the order of a composer's works.
2. A piece of music written by a particular musician and given a number relating to the order in which it was published; for example, Opus 57, quartet.
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Cedunt horae, opera manent. (Greek)
The hours go by, the works remain.
Inscription above the clock on the West facade of Brookings Hall Washington University; St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Memento ut diem sabbati sanctifices. Sex diebus operaberis, et facies omnia opera tua. Septimo autem die sabbatum Domini Dei tui est.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God.
As written in the Old Testament of the Bible, Exodus: xx, 8-10 (c. 700 B.C.). Also see Deuteronomy: v, 12.
Sator Arepo temet opera rotas.
The sower Arepo works with the help of a wheel.
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A Latin palindrome square that dates back to Roman times and is inscribed on a stone on the outer edge of Rome. It reads the same across, down, and backwards (as a palindrome should).