[sing-speel; German zing-shpeel]
a German opera, especially of the 18th century, using spoken dialogue and resembling ballad opera.
Origin of singspiel
equivalent to sing(en
) to sing
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Examples from the Web for singspiel
Historical Examples of singspiel
A Singspiel in three scenes, a free rendering of Comala with the original ending unchanged.
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?
British Dictionary definitions for singspiel
a type of comic opera in German with spoken dialogue, popular during the late 18th and early 19th centuries
Word Origin for Singspiel
literally: singing play
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Word Origin and History for singspiel
1876, from German Singspiel, literally "a singing play," from singen "to sing" (see sing (v.)) + Spiel "a play" (see spiel). Kind of performance popular in Germany late 18c.
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