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

Examples of comic-opera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In 1825, with the backing of Lorenzo da Ponte (the librettist for Mozart’s three great comic operas, then teaching Italian at Columbia), Garcia was the first to bring Italian opera to New York City. Ian Bostridge, The New York Review of Books, "When Turgenev Did the Cancan," 29 Apr. 2020 The Mikado New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players stage the British duo’s classic comic opera/social satire set in feudal Japan. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Classical music in L.A. this week: Pink Martini with Pacific Symphony and more," 8 Mar. 2020 Indeed, historians often compare the mostly bloodless civil wars that characterized California politics during the Mexican period to the wars in comic operas, in which armies march noisily back and forth without ever actually fighting. Gary Kamiya,, "The day the Mexican-American War came to Santa Clara," 7 Feb. 2020 Skylight Opera Theatre and Milwaukee Opera Theatre team up on Gilbert and Sullivan's satirical comic opera, featuring ghosts and a witch's curse. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "20 enticing Milwaukee concerts and shows in early 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 The Barber of Seville’ — Rossini’s comic opera with lasting pop culture impact tells the story of Figaro, a jack-of-all-trades barber turned matchmaker. Anchorage Daily News, "Fun things happening around Anchorage: Día de Muertos, opera, ‘Hedwig’ and more," 31 Oct. 2019 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

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“Comic-opera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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