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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)
an Italian farcical comic opera originating in the 18th century and containing recitativo secco, patter songs, and ensemble finales.
the operatic genre comprising such works.
Origin of opera buffa
Borrowed into English from Italian around 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for opera buffa
Historical Examples
  • There is some uncertainty about the actual origin of opera buffa.

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild
  • AS Rossini found the opera seria of his day too serious, so he found the opera buffa too broadly comic.

    The Life of Rossini Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • So he gave him a contract to write three operas, one of which was to be an opera buffa, and to be ready in the following autumn.

    Great Musical Composers

    George T. Ferris
  • Rossini's "Barber of Seville" is a genuinely good example of opera buffa.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • The intermezzo subsequently rose to such an importance that it developed into opera buffa, the comic Italian opera.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • His opera buffa "Elisir d'Amore" is, when well performed, a very pleasing trifle.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • He set up a private stage in the episcopal palace, and wrote for it his first “opera buffa,” Amore in musica.

  • The other men who devoted themselves to opera buffa during this period my be briefly dismissed.

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild
  • It was said of the performers that Rossi and Rosa Manservisi were specially suited for opera buffa.

  • There is no doubt that this external subordination was of inestimable value to the development of the opera buffa.

British Dictionary definitions for opera buffa

opera buffa

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