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A theatrical production that has many of the musical elements of opera but is lighter and more popular in subject and style and contains spoken dialogue. Also called light opera.
[Italian, diminutive of opera, opera; see opera1.]
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(Classical Music) a type of comic or light-hearted opera
[C18: from Italian: a small opera1]
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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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1. A form of musical theater also known as comic opera or light opera. Operetta (the Italian word for “little opera”) occupies a position in the theater somewhere between opera and musical comedy.
2. Light opera, often with spoken dialogue.
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operetta[ˌɒpəˈrɛtə] n → opérette f
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n → Operette f
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operetta[ˌɒpəˈrɛtə] n → operetta
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