Definition and background:
English comic opera, usually featuring spoken dialogue alternating with songs set to popular tunes.See also [Eng.] Comic Opera; [It.] Opera Buffa; [Fr.] Op'ra Comique; [Ger.] Singspiel. an opera consisting of spoken dialogue and popular songs-the song's lyrics are changed to fit the plot of the opera
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