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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This is a Spanish operetta Domingo had first appeared in 65 years earlier at 13 in his parents’ Mexico City company as the bullfighter, making the two roles bookends to an illustrious career . Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: What sexual harassment allegations against Placido Domingo could mean for opera culture," 14 Aug. 2019 Setting their operetta in a nonsensical version of Japan gave them more artistic freedom — and a way to fool the censors of the time. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Using ‘The Mikado’ to embrace Japanese culture, female power," 8 Aug. 2019 SongFest: Mon Pays et Paris! French cabaret and operetta selections. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "SoCal classical music listings, June 16-23: Pianist Inon Barnatan, tenor Andrea Bocelli and more," 14 June 2019 The evening’s second half called on operetta, Broadway, and popular song. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "Plácido Domingo reigns in Boston," 27 Apr. 2018 The concert includes a mix of Broadway show tunes, operetta and opera performed by young singers from across the country who are participating in the summer opera festival. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kiwanis supports Center for the Blind," 22 July 2019 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

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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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