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light opera

Origin of light opera
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When I saw her first she was playing a small part in a light opera at Forstadt.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • Coincidentally was the announcement that she was going in for light opera.

    The Monster

    Edgar Saltus
  • I wonder which he considers the more amusing bit of light opera?

    Miss Million's Maid Bertha Ruck
  • In after years she became a well-known singer in light opera.

    Life on the Stage Clara Morris
  • Why can't your bandmaster give us light opera once in a while?

    The Goose Girl

    Harold MacGrath
  • She, in fact, resembled a character from a light opera rather than a player in the real drama of war.

  • Many singers with voices suitable only for light opera are constantly trying to branch out into big dramatic arias.

    Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing

    Enrico Caruso and Luisa Tetrazzini
  • Then he moved aside and hummed an air from a light opera while he mixed up cement.

    Behind the Beyond

    Stephen Leacock
  • The assistants had gone, and the dentist was mixing up cement and humming airs from light opera just like old times.

    Behind the Beyond

    Stephen Leacock
  • And one and all have the appearance of posing in light opera rather than of playing a part in life.


    Alys Eyre Macklin
British Dictionary definitions for light opera

light opera

another term for operetta
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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