opera buffa

opera buf·​fa | \ -ˈbü-fə How to pronounce opera buffa (audio) \

Definition of opera buffa

: an 18th century farcical comic opera with dialogue in recitative

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The production directed by Michael Shell takes its inspiration from the films of Pedro Almodovar and plays up the colorful, carnival-like atmosphere of Rossini’s opera buffa. 7:30 p.m. April 28, May 2 and May 4 and 2 p.m. May 6. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "New JCCC series season: Emmylou Harris, Lisa Loeb, Postmodern Jukebox, OK Go | The Kansas City Star," 20 Apr. 2018 Italian elections, frequent and feuding, are often dismissed as opera buffa offerings from a country that never changes. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Berlusconi Is Back. Again. This Time, as Italy’s ‘Nonno’," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of opera buffa

1770, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for opera buffa

Italian, literally, comic opera

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