op·​er·​et·​ta | \ ˌä-pə-ˈre-tə How to pronounce operetta (audio) \

Definition of operetta

: a usually romantic comic opera that includes songs and dancing

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operettist \ ˌä-​pə-​ˈre-​tist How to pronounce operettist (audio) \ noun

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When operetta first came to New York that had a huge influence on music theater. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "An Opera Diva and a Broadway Star Trade Places, and Advice," 7 Mar. 2018 The season-closing recital with the San Diego Symphony will feature a two-act program of opera and operetta arias and duets, musical theater classics and overtures. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Opera stars Lindstrom, Grimsley reunite for 'One Amazing Night'," 29 Apr. 2018 Composer Emmerich Kálmán was a Hungarian Jew who found fame in Vienna during the 1910s and '20s with such operettas asDer Zigeunerprimas (The Gypsy Band Leader) and Countess Maritza. Albert Williams, Chicago Reader, "Love conquers all in The Csárdás Princess," 13 July 2018 Of course, being a Viennese operetta, The Csárdás Princess reaches a happy ending, with a lot of lively music and dancing along the way. Albert Williams, Chicago Reader, "Love conquers all in The Csárdás Princess," 13 July 2018 His singing in choir grew into performing operettas and in plays. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Suburban Milwaukee band The Cheap Shots celebrates 10 year anniversary at Wednesday Night Live July 11," 28 June 2018 Sondheim's operetta-style score, set mostly in waltz time, is bubbly and melodic, but also intricate and complex. Albert Williams, Chicago Reader, "BoHo Theatre presents a minimalist Little Night Music worthy of Sondheim," 30 May 2018 Yeah, for some reason, '98 saw a metal sextet from Berlin bust onto TRL and the American charts with a chugging industrial track tinged with flourishes of '90s house and campy operetta. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 98 Greatest Songs of 1998: Critics' Picks," 29 May 2018 Its antecedents in the operetta and music hall traditions had largely passed out of pop consciousness. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: A Multiple-Exposure ‘Me and My Girl’ at Encores!," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of operetta

1770, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for operetta

Italian, diminutive of opera

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English Language Learners Definition of operetta

: a usually short and funny opera that includes dancing


op·​er·​et·​ta | \ ˌä-pə-ˈre-tə How to pronounce operetta (audio) \

Kids Definition of operetta

: a funny play set to music with speaking, singing, and dancing scenes

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