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sitzprobe n. a first, rough rehearsal of an opera or musical stageplay with singers and musicians, but without acting, scenery, or costumes. Etymological Note: German for ‘seated test’ or ‘sitting trial.’ (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)


sitzprobe  n.— «The sitzprobe—the German word originally came into musical theater from the world of opera and literally means “sitting trial”—is actually the rehearsal at which cast and musicians assemble to play through a...

Paris syndrome

Paris syndrome  n.— «A Japanese woman in her 20s stopped a well-dressed Frenchman in the Opera metro station yesterday afternoon and asked him in broken English for help with a public telephone. He replied with a finger in the air and...


catastroika  n.— «Catastroika. A mixture of catastrophe and perestroika, it is used by Alexander Sinoviev in the title of a satirical novel he wrote in 1989.» —“Europe: Light at the Opera—Gazetta” by Desmond...


haltura  n.— «I’m not going away from Israel to do “halturas” (free-lance jobs) with other orchestras. It’s basically going to be an opera season for me.» —“IPO says farewell to Mehta’s arms: Back again in...


soapedy n. a television show that combines elements of a daytime drama and a comedy. Etymological Note: soap opera + comedy (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)