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Nominal companion to English opera (5)


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'opera' is the definition.
Both the definition and answer are singular nouns.
Maybe they are linked in a way I don't understand?

'nominal companion to english' is the wordplay.
'nominal' becomes 'no' (I can't explain this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'companion' becomes 'ch' (Companion of Honour).
'to' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other) (I've seen this in other clues).
'english' becomes 'e' (abbreviation).
'noch' after 'e' is 'ENOCH'.

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(Other definitions for enoch that I've seen before include "-- Powell, former politician" , "___ Powell, Tory politician, d. 1998" , "Eldest son of Cain - the late Mr Powell" , "Name" , "Father of Methuselah" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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