comic opera

a diverting opera with spoken dialogue and a happy ending.
the tradition or genre of such operas.

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[kom-ik-op-er-uh, -op-ruh]
comically vainglorious; having farcically self-important aspects: a comic-opera army, proud in its ceremonial splendor but inept on the battlefield. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
comic opera
opéra bouffe See also opera buffa a play largely set to music, employing comic effects or situations

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comic opera

general designation for musical plays with light subject matter and happy endings. The dialogue is usually spoken, rather than sung. In addition to operetta and musical comedy, types of comic opera include Italian opera buffa (which has sung dialogue), German Singspiel, English ballad opera, and Spanish tonadilla and zarzuela. The French opera-comique originated as comic opera but later dealt with serious subject matter.

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