[sing-speel; German zing-shpeel]
- a German opera, especially of the 18th century, using spoken dialogue and resembling ballad opera.
Origin of singspiel
1880–85; < German, equivalent to sing(en) to sing + Spiel play
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Examples from the Web for singspiel
A Singspiel in three scenes, a free rendering of Comala with the original ending unchanged.Ossian in Germany
Leipsic and Vienna made earnest attempts to support the German "singspiel" (song-play).
The old German singspiel form is preserved in the original score of "Der Freischtz," which contains spoken dialogue.
Did not Wagner himself recommend a budding bard to start his musical career with a Singspiel?The Opera
- a type of comic opera in German with spoken dialogue, popular during the late 18th and early 19th centuries
literally: singing play
Word Origin and History for singspiel
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