a theater entertainment of 18th-century England, consisting of popular tunes, folk songs, and dialogue.
Origin of ballad opera
First recorded in 1770–80
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Examples from the Web for ballad opera
In 1762 also was produced the ballad-opera Love in a Cottage.
It was one of the best examples of ballad-opera ever written.A Short History of English Music|Ernest Ford
Mr. Lillo had previously written a ballad-opera, "Sylvia;" but now he aimed to show the hideousness and consequence of vice.Their Majesties' Servants (Volume 2 of 3)|John Doran
British Dictionary definitions for ballad opera
an opera consisting of popular tunes to which appropriate words have been set, interspersed with spoken dialogue
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