operetta

noun
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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Other Words from operetta

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

Examples of operetta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shay is occasionally amused by these pathetic late-life dalliances, one of which reads like the plot of an Italian operetta. Heller Mcalpin, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Red Island House’ probes uncomfortable collisions of class, race," 22 Mar. 2021 Sopranos Angel Blue and Pretty Yende and tenors Javier Camarena and Matthew Polenzani performed arias, duets, and ensembles from composers Donizetti and Puccini, as well as arrangements of operetta and Neapolitan songs. Ariana Marsh, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Culture Lover’s January Guide," 1 Jan. 2021 A New Year’s suggestion: Go to the website of the Komische Oper in Berlin and see what operetta irreverence director Barrie Kosky is up to. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Essential Arts: The Beethoven effect and a music critic’s recommendations for what to hear now," 19 Dec. 2020 Jill Anna Ponasik directs an English-language production of the Strauss operetta, which will be set in Milwaukee and filled with local references. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Skylight Music Theatre revamps 2020-'21 season, plans small-cast shows for limited-capacity audiences," 1 Sep. 2020 Kosky’s manically avant-garde approach, presented in 2019, adds new dimensions of delirium to an operetta that’s already plenty intoxicating. New York Times, "7 Things to Do This Weekend," 1 Oct. 2020 Jill Anna Ponasik directs an English-language production of the Strauss operetta, which will be set in Milwaukee and filled with local references. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Skylight Music Theatre revamps 2020-'21 season, plans small-cast shows for limited-capacity audiences," 1 Sep. 2020 Jill Anna Ponasik directs an English-language production of the Strauss operetta, which will be set in Milwaukee and filled with local references. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Skylight Music Theatre revamps 2020-'21 season, plans small-cast shows for limited-capacity audiences," 1 Sep. 2020 Jill Anna Ponasik directs an English-language production of the Strauss operetta, which will be set in Milwaukee and filled with local references. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Skylight Music Theatre revamps 2020-'21 season, plans small-cast shows for limited-capacity audiences," 1 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of operetta was in 1770

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3 Apr 2021

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“Operetta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operetta. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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operetta

noun

English Language Learners Definition of operetta

: a usually short and funny opera that includes dancing

operetta

noun
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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