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Recent Examples on the Web Members of the Cleveland Opera Theater return for the fifth year on June 20 with opera and light opera favorites from such composers as Donizetti, Puccini, Straus and Verdi. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Medina’s Jazz Under the Stars concert series moves to cyberspace," 6 May 2020 Lucy Simon’s score swirls light opera with English folk music. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "A Cast Album I Love: ‘The Secret Garden’," 27 Apr. 2020 By the late 1980s, Ronstadt had tackled folk, rock, pop, country and even light opera - and the musical style that was calling her next was one that reminded her of home. CNN, "Photos: Inside the life of Linda Ronstadt," 9 Dec. 2019 The cast put forth its best effort to convey what was going on, and mostly succeeded, but the opéra-bouffe itself is not widely known, and by its nature, light opera should be easily understood. Globe Staff,, "Odyssey Opera’s ‘La belle Hélène’ has flair, flaws," 17 June 2019 As a grade-schooler Mendez was already performing alongside adult professionals in Los Angeles-area civic light operas. Daryl H. Miller,, "Lindsay Mendez rides 'Carousel' to a Tony nomination. L.A. watchers, please note: She's a Norwalk native," 7 June 2018 Pirates of Penzance For those who have dreamed of being part of the merriment of a Gilbert & Sullivan light opera, this semi-immersive staging by the Chicago company The Hypocrites represents the opportunity of a lifetime. Matt Cooper,, "The week ahead in L.A. theater, Feb. 4-11: 'Great Expectations,' 'Pirates of Penzance' and more," 4 Feb. 2018 The program, including musical theater, light opera, classical and Celtic songs from Ireland, features Mairead Healy (soprano) and David Curry (tenor). Linda Mcintosh,, "Women's club helps families with kids in hospital...more community news," 12 Feb. 2018 For those who have dreamed of being part of the merriment of a Gilbert & Sullivan light opera, the opportunity of a lifetime is waiting for you at Pasadena Playhouse. Charles Mcnulty,, "'Pirates of Penzance,' with a piña colada: Gilbert & Sullivan plays as interactive party," 26 Jan. 2018

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1858, in the meaning defined above

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“Light opera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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