- a theater entertainment of 18th-century England, consisting of popular tunes, folk songs, and dialogue.
Origin of ballad opera
Examples from the Web for ballad opera
Historical Examples of ballad opera
It was one of the best examples of ballad-opera ever written.A Short History of English Music
In 1762 also was produced the ballad-opera Love in a Cottage.
Mr. Lillo had previously written a ballad-opera, "Sylvia;" but now he aimed to show the hideousness and consequence of vice.
- an opera consisting of popular tunes to which appropriate words have been set, interspersed with spoken dialogue