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comic opera

noun
1.
a diverting opera with spoken dialogue and a happy ending.
2.
the tradition or genre of such operas.
Origin of comic opera
1905-1910
1905-10

comic-opera

[kom-ik-op-er-uh, -op-ruh] /ˈkɒm ɪkˈɒp ər ə, -ˈɒp rə/
adjective
1.
comically vainglorious; having farcically self-important aspects:
a comic-opera army, proud in its ceremonial splendor but inept on the battlefield.
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British Dictionary definitions for comic opera

comic opera

noun
1.
a play largely set to music, employing comic effects or situations See also opéra bouffe, opera buffa
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