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opera buffa

[op-er-uh boo-fuh, op-ruh; Italian aw-pe-rah boof-fah] /ˈɒp ər ə ˈbu fə, ˈɒp rə; Italian ˈɔ pɛ rɑ ˈbuf fɑ/
noun, plural opera buffas, operas buffa Italian, opere buffe
[aw-pe-re boof-fe] /ˈɔ pɛ rɛ ˈbuf fɛ/ (Show IPA)
1.
an Italian farcical comic opera originating in the 18th century and containing recitativo secco, patter songs, and ensemble finales.
2.
the operatic genre comprising such works.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Italian
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opera buffa

/ˈbuːfə; Italian ˈopera ˈbuffa/
noun (pl) opera buffas, opere buffe (Italian) (ˈopere ˈbuffe)
1.
comic opera, esp that originating in Italy during the 18th century
Word Origin
from Italian: comic opera
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opera buffa

genre of comic opera originating in Naples in the mid-18th century. It developed from the intermezzi, or interludes, performed between the acts of serious operas. Opera buffa plots centre on two groups of characters: a comic group of male and female personages and a pair (or more) of lovers. The dialogue is sung. The operatic finale, a long, formally organized conclusion to an opera act, including all principal personages, developed in opera buffa. The earliest opera buffa still regularly performed is Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's La serva padrona (1733; The Maid as Mistress). Opera buffa is distinct from French opera-bouffe, a general term for any light opera.

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