[ sing-speel; German zing-shpeel ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby singspiel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use singspiel in a sentence

  • Did not Wagner himself recommend a budding bard to start his musical career with a singspiel?

    The Opera | R.A. Streatfeild
  • It is hard to define singspiel, because it is exclusively German.

    How Music Developed | W. J. Henderson
  • Leipsic and Vienna made earnest attempts to support the German "singspiel" (song-play).

    How Music Developed | W. J. Henderson
  • Yet at times the Germans themselves have seemed to lose the distinction between singspiel and opera.

    How Music Developed | W. J. Henderson
  • The old German singspiel form is preserved in the original score of "Der Freischtz," which contains spoken dialogue.

    How Music Developed | W. J. Henderson

British Dictionary definitions for Singspiel


/ German (ˈzɪŋʃpiːl) /

  1. a type of comic opera in German with spoken dialogue, popular during the late 18th and early 19th centuries

Origin of Singspiel

literally: singing play

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