opera-comique

opéra comique

[op-er-uh ko-meek, op-ruh; French aw-pey-ra kaw-meek]
noun, plural opéra comiques, opéras comique French, operas comiques [aw-pey-ra kaw-meek] .

Origin:
1735–45; < French

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opéra comique (kɒˈmiːk, French ɔpera kɔmik)
 
n , pl opéras comiques
a type of opera, not necessarily comic, current in France during the 19th century and characterized by spoken dialogue. It originated in satirical parodies of grand opera

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opera-comique

French form of opera in which spoken dialogue alternates with self-contained musical numbers. The earliest examples of opera-comique were satiric comedies with interpolated songs, but the form later developed into serious musical drama distinguished from other opera only by its spoken dialogue.

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