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comic opera

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


[kom-ik-op-er-uh, -op-ruh] /ˈkɒm ɪkˈɒp ər ə, -ˈɒp rə/
comically vainglorious; having farcically self-important aspects:
a comic-opera army, proud in its ceremonial splendor but inept on the battlefield. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Is this going to be a comic-opera, and are we taking part as stage peasants, or really working?

    The Little Grey House Marion Ames Taggart
  • Jim felt that the Government had buncoed him into this comic-opera chorus.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • The most pleasing set of youths that I ever met were the members of a comic-opera troupe.

    Side Lights James Runciman
  • She had been first a comic-opera singer, and later had earned good money by giving singing lessons.

    My Austrian Love Maxime Provost
  • One is reminded of some comic-opera topsyturvyism when the judge tries in vain to get off the bench and be appointed constable.

  • You almost expect to see a chorus of comic-opera brigands or a bevy of stage milkmaids come trooping out of the wings any minute.

    Roughing it De Luxe Irvin S. Cobb
  • The lady hummed a comic-opera air; that voice was certainly familiar to me.

  • Zanzibar is an "Arabian Nights" city, a comic-opera capital, a most difficult city to take seriously.

    The Congo and Coasts of Africa Richard Harding Davis
  • American comic-opera in those countries; can you imagine it?

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • Frohman said to him that he heard that there was much money in the comic-opera end of the business.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
British Dictionary definitions for comic-opera

comic opera

a play largely set to music, employing comic effects or situations See also opéra bouffe, opera buffa
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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