opera buffa

noun
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

Examples of opera buffa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Leading an orchestra with considerably more strings than Mozart was accustomed to, Zander gave admirable clarity to the opera buffa fugue sections and propulsion to the whole. BostonGlobe.com, "For Boston Philharmonic, a satisfying start to the 2019-20 season - The Boston Globe," 19 Oct. 2019 The credited adaptation source for Love Wedding Repeat might be a minor French comedy from 2012 called Plan de table, but the model for this strained opera buffa is two Brit hits from the 1990s: Sliding Doors and Four Weddings and a Funeral. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Love Wedding Repeat': Film Review," 10 Apr. 2020 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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“Opera buffa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opera%20buffa. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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