com·​ic-op·​era | \ ˈkä-mik-ˈä-p(ə-)rə How to pronounce comic-opera (audio) \

Definition of comic-opera

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not to be taken seriously a comic-opera regime

comic opera


Definition of comic opera (Entry 2 of 2)

: opera of a humorous character with a happy ending and usually some spoken dialogue

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The Mikado Pacific Opera Project reprises its Harajuku-style update of Gilbert & Sullivan’s satirical comic opera set in Japan. Los Angeles Times, "Classical music in L.A. this week: Beethoven’s Ninth at the Bowl and more," 25 Aug. 2019 Nearby vineyards have squabbled over the right to use the image on wine labels, and the story has even inspired a comic opera. Mark A. Walsh, New York Times, "A Botched Statue Restoration in Spain: Is That St. George or Tintin?," 26 June 2018 The theatrical impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte, who built the Savoy Theater in London’s West End in 1881 to showcase the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, then built the Savoy Hotel next door in 1889. Perry Garfinkel, New York Times, "The Art of Making a Bespoke Mattress," 29 June 2018 The genius of this 139-year-old comic opera lies in how gracefully Gilbert and Sullivan are able to have their cake and eat it too. Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader, "After 139 years, Pirates of Penzance is still a satisfying combination of sweet and salty," 27 June 2018 In 1885, the British librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan wrote The Mikado, an absurd comic opera that takes place in the fictional Titipu, Japan. Nina Li Coomes, The Atlantic, "Unpacking the Fictional Japan of Isle of Dogs," 31 Mar. 2018 Its owner, Richard D’Oyly Carte, the backer of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operas, had a theater next door, and his ambition was to create a modern luxury hotel the likes of which had never been seen. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Ritz & Escoffier’ Review: Modern Hospitality," 30 Mar. 2018 The Gondoliers Lamplighters Music Theatre presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera about two handsome Venetian gondoliers who become kings, somewhat to their wives’ dismay. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of Feb. 18," 14 Feb. 2018 Back in 1894, a traveling comic opera drew crowds to theaters across America. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "Long-Forgotten Opera About Tabasco Sauce Heats Up Stage Again After Almost 125 Years," 25 Jan. 2018

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