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opéra comique

[op-er-uh ko-meek, op-ruh; French aw-pey-ra kaw-meek] /ˈɒp ər ə kɒˈmik, ˈɒp rə; French ɔ peɪ ra kɔˈmik/
noun, plural opéra comiques, opéras comique French, operas comiques
[aw-pey-ra kaw-meek] /ɔ peɪ ra kɔˈmik/ (Show IPA)
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; < French
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opéra comique

/kɒˈmiːk; French ɔpera kɔmik/
noun (pl) opéras comiques (French) (ɔpera kɔmik)
1.
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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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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