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light opera

n.
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light opera

n
(Classical Music) another term for operetta
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op•er•et•ta

(ˌɒp əˈrɛt ə)

n., pl. -tas.
a short opera usu. of a light and amusing character.
[1760–70; < Italian, diminutive of opera opera1]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.light opera - a short amusing opera
bouffe, comic opera, opera bouffe, opera comique - opera with a happy ending and in which some of the text is spoken
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light opera

noperetta
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References in classic literature ?
The marquis said that among light operas his favorite was the Gazza Ladra.
The first is a listing of more than 900 light operas, organized by subgenre into the categories of German Singspiel, French opera bouffe, Viennese operetta, English operetta, American operetta, and zarzuela.
Together with the London Concert Orchestra, conducted by Fraser Goulding, and the Magic of Gilbert & Sullivan Chorus, they sang their way through classic light operas ranging from HMS Pinafore and The Mikado to Yeomen of the Guard and The Pirates of Penzance.
Together they wrote 14 hugely popular light operas ranging from Trial by Jury (1875) to The Gondoliers (1889) before the partnership was broken by a quarrel that was later resolved.
Gilbert, who wrote a series of light operas with the composer Arthur Sullivan.
He was always deeply interested in composing, especially light operas. His first opera to be performed was Prince Ananias (1894), and for the remainder of his career he was the country's leading representative of light, tuneful, memorable music.