light opera

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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, BostonGlobe.com, "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, latimes.com, "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, latimes.com, "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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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, latimes.com, "'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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