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 (sĭng′spēl′, zĭng′shpēl′)
A German musical comedy of the 1700s featuring songs and ensembles interspersed with dialogue.

[German : singen, to sing (from Middle High German, from Old High German singan; see sengwh- in Indo-European roots) + Spiel, play; see spiel.]


(Theatre) a type of comic opera in German with spoken dialogue, popular during the late 18th and early 19th centuries
[literally: singing play]


(ˈsɪŋˌspil; Ger. ˈzɪŋˌʃpil)

a German opera, esp. of the 18th century, using spoken dialogue and resembling ballad opera.
[1880–85; < German, =sing(en) to sing + Spiel play]


A form of German comic opera of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in which there is spoken dialogue as well as self-contained musical set-pieces. The term is a German word meaning “song-play,” and its exponents included Mozart, whose “Magic Flute” is often considered as its apotheosis.
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Following the Seven Years' War, sources suggest Roellig worked with a theater company in Hamburg, as reflected in materials for a comedy and two Singspiele.
Selbstverstandlich sind klassische Singspiele wie Mozarts Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail und Die Zauberflote enthalten, die West Side Story wiederum nicht, obwohl auch hier allerdings in der Bildunterschrift Bernsteins auf S.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang, Poetische Werke, Gedichte und Singspiele II, Gedichte, Nachlese und Nachlass, Berliner Ausgabe, Aufbau Verlag, Berlin, 1980, p.
Further reading Charles Read Baskervill, The Elizabethan Jig and Related Song Drama (Dover, 1965); Francois Laroque, Shakespeare's Festive World (Cambridge University Press, 1991); Andrew Gurr, The Shakespearian Stage 1574-1642 (Cambridge University Press, 1980); Johannes Bolte, Die Singspiele der Englischen Komodianten (Elibron Classics, 2006); Ross W.
And of the other two traditions, from the eighteenth century the only works in the standard repertoire are Mozart's Singspiele, Die Zauberflote and Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, and the ballad opera, The Beggar's Opera.
The most likely areas to expand and to test this study would then be Hoffmann's Singspiele, his major operatic work, Undine, and his discussion of the various genres of opera in Der Dichter und der Komponist.
Goethes Musiktheater: Singspiele, Opern, Festspiele, 'Faust'.
Zwei chinesische Singspiele der Qing-Dynastie (Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner, 1993), 9-12, 505-8 (with bibliographical notes).
For instance, Lessing did not reach the bourgeois family with his burgerliches Trauerspiel (bourgeois tragedy) at first; theatre-goers instead wanted to see more entertaining theatre like opera, ballet, pantomime, and Singspiele.