Definition and background:
Comic German musical drama with spoken dialogue; the immediate predecessor of the Romantic German opera.See also [Eng.] Comic Opera; [It.] Opera Buffa; [Fr.] Op'ra Comique; [Brit.] Ballad Opera. a singspiel is a German form of play with music. The word is used to indicate a stage work that makes some use of spoken dialogue, even in a context of primarily musical interest. Examples are found in Mozart's the magic flute and in Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio
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