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n. pl. buf·fi (-fē) or buf·fos
A man who sings comic opera roles.

[Italian, from buffare, to puff, of imitative origin.]
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(ˈbʊfəʊ; Italian ˈbuffo)
n, pl -fi (-fɪ) or -fos
1. (Music, other) (in Italian opera of the 18th century) a comic part, esp one for a bass
2. (Professions) Also called: buffo bass or basso buffo a bass singer who performs such a part
[C18: from Italian (adj): comic, from buffo (n) buffoon]
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(ˈbu foʊ)

n., pl. -fi (-fē), -fos.
a male opera singer specializing in comic roles.
[1755–65; < Italian buffone buffoon]
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diss., Cornell University, 1991]) concentrates on the buffo finales, with no reference to works in the seria tradition that eschew this musico-dramatic construct; Patricia Debly's 1993 dissertation ("Joseph Haydn and the dramma giocoso" [Ph.D.
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It has now surpassed the success of Mistero Buffo ("Comic Mystery"), which the Roman Catholic hierarchy invigoratingly described as "the most blasphemous show in the history of television." It is outperforming the great Dario Fo censorship marathon, which kept him off the airwaves of his native land between 1962 and 1977.
Gleadow seems to relish every note and nuance of Mozart's great buffo role, and conies across as the performance's dramatic anchor.
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Jeddah, Rajab 18, 1434, May 28, 2013, SPA -- Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defence, received here today Italian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mario Buffo.
As the primo buffo bass in Vienna during the 1780s, Benucci was influential in the creation of four Mozart opera roles.
La presenza del mimo, da quel momento, resta una componente importante in Dario Fo, che si distanzia dalla "pantomima bianca" o dal mimo estetizzante francese vero e proprio, come ancora una volta ha chiarito Bernard Dort in occasione della prima di Mistero Buffo portato in Francia al Theatre du Challot nel 1973: "Dario Fo ha tutto per essere un mimo prodigioso.
But the two-act original opera buffo was revived in Germany last year, and the new live recording on 2 CDs shows the effort was worthwhile.