[op-er-uh boo-fuh, op-ruh; Italian aw-pe-rah boof-fah]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for opera buffa
It was an opera-buffa, the music of Burellano was excellent, and the singers were very good.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- comic opera, esp that originating in Italy during the 18th century
from Italian: comic opera
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