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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. 2017.
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  • 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
  • When I saw her first she was playing a small part in a light opera at Forstadt.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • He was equally valuable in the comedy parts of light opera, or the heavier ones of serious opera.

  • Coincidentally was the announcement that she was going in for light opera.

    The Monster Edgar Saltus
  • And one and all have the appearance of posing in light opera rather than of playing a part in life.

    Greuze Alys Eyre Macklin
  • I wonder which he considers the more amusing bit of light opera?

    Miss Million's Maid Bertha Ruck
  • Then he disappeared and returned later in full dress and took the party to the Carlton for dinner and then to a light opera.

    Clark's Field Robert Herrick
  • In after years she became a well-known singer in light opera.

    Life on the Stage Clara Morris
  • Mention may be here made of three composers of light opera, who succeeded in evolving a refined and charming type of the art.

  • Between them they created an entirely new type of light opera.

British Dictionary definitions for light opera

light opera

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