ballad opera


noun

a theater entertainment of 18th-century England, consisting of popular tunes, folk songs, and dialogue.

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Origin of ballad opera

First recorded in1770–80
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British Dictionary definitions for ballad opera

ballad opera

noun

an opera consisting of popular tunes to which appropriate words have been set, interspersed with spoken dialogue
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