comic opera

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comic opera

n.
An opera or operetta with a humorous plot, generally spoken dialogue, and usually a happy ending. Also called bouffe.

comic opera

n
(Theatre) a play largely set to music, employing comic effects or situations. See also opéra bouffe, opera buffa

com′ic op′era


n.
opera with spoken dialogue, comical scenes or characters, and a happy ending.
[1905–10]

com′ic-op′era



adj.
farcically inept or inane.
[1905–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.comic opera - opera with a happy ending and in which some of the text is spoken
opera - a drama set to music; consists of singing with orchestral accompaniment and an orchestral overture and interludes
light opera, operetta - a short amusing opera
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He has composed two or three comic operas, written four or five articles in the Siecle, and voted five or six years on the ministerial side.
Some, like the husband of Madame Colleville, Celestine's rival, play in the orchestra of a theatre; others like du Bruel, write vaudeville, comic operas, melodramas, or act as prompters behind the scenes.
I have always had a great love for the absolutely unreal, the purely fanciful in all the arts, as well as of the absolutely real; I like the one on a far lower plane than the other, but it delights me, as a pantomime at a theatre does, or a comic opera, which has its being wholly outside the realm of the probabilities.
She was modern to the soles of her dainty little high-heeled shoes, frankly fond of dress and of pleasure, devoted to tennis and to comic opera, delighted with a dance, which came her way only too seldom, longing ever for some new excitement, and yet behind all this lighter side of her character a thoroughly good, healthy-minded English girl, the life and soul of the house, and the idol of her sister and her father.
But here intrigue seems indeed to exist only within the pages of a shilling novel, or in a comic opera.
This comic opera phase came to a head in the famous Drawbaugh case, which lasted for nearly four years, and filled ten thousand pages with its evidence.
To see him walking like a comic opera Sultan, with this badge of authority in his hand, his black beard bristling in front of him, his toes pointing at each step, and a train of wide-eyed Indian girls behind him, clad in their slender drapery of bark cloth, is one of the most grotesque of all the pictures which I will carry back with me.
And because,' he shouted wrathfully, 'because, forsooth, she earns an honest living by singing in the chorus of a comic opera, a whole bunch of snivelling idiots will say I have made a fool of myself.
FIRST performed in 1878, when Britain really did rule the waves, Pinafore was the fourth collaboration between WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan and swiftly became one of their most popular comic operas which ostensibly pokes fun at the British class system.
performances of one of the greatest comic operas ever produced: Gioachino Rossini's "The Barber of Seville.
Between 1871 and 1896 they collaborated on 14 comic operas.
Two Italian comic operas - one from the Renaissance and one by a 20th century experimental composer - will be performed Friday night at Beall Concert Hall by students from the University of Oregon opera program.