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A prolific composer of songs, marches and operettas, Sousa rose to become conductor of the U.S. Marine Band by age 25.
There are waltzes, fox-trots, and tangos, operetta chorales and patriotic marches, even a cowboy ballad.
Lehar’s operetta premiered in 1905 and it is frequently revived and recorded.
The operetta will be sung in English by members of Riuniti Opera, and the Alhambra Orchestra and will be conducted by Daniel Andal.
The Gilbert and Sullivan operetta tells the story of a ship captain’s daughter who falls in love with a lowborn sailor, against her father’s wishes.
The Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta centers around Frederic, a 21-year old man who has been indentured to pirates until his 21st birthday.
Occasionally, when there are several songs from the same operetta, we’re treated to some of Gilbert’s delightful dialogue to transition from one song to the next.
The main resulting innovation is a new prologue, written by Mr. Auxier, which frames the operetta as the fantasy of a Victorian librettist, caused by mild head trauma.
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Origin and Etymology of operetta
Italian, diminutive of opera
First Known Use: 1770See Words from the same year
OPERETTA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of operetta for English Language Learners
: a usually short and funny opera that includes dancing
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Definition of operetta for Students
: a funny play set to music with speaking, singing, and dancing scenes
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