Definition of opéra comique in English:

opéra comique

Syllabification: o·pé·ra co·mique
Pronunciation: /ˈäp(ə)rə käˈmēk, ˌôpārä kôˈmēk


  • 1An opera on a lighthearted theme, typically in French and with spoken dialogue.
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    • His Prague repertory was almost devoid of Italian opera, but it did include many of the French opéras comiques which he felt set the most fruitful example for German composers.
    • Berlioz's only Shakespearian opera as such is Béatrice et Bénédict, a two-act opéra comique based on Much Ado About Nothing, written for the Stadttheater in Baden-Baden.
  • 1.1Opéra comique as a genre.
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    • It immediately caused controversy, its subject being considered too risqué for such a venue, and the tragic implications of Carmen's death on stage being unusually realistic for the lighter genre of opéra comique.
    • During most of the 1800s, though, the work was performed throughout Europe, a delicious example of French opéra comique at its high noon.

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