Definition of opera buffa in English:

opera buffa

Syllabification: o·pe·ra buf·fa
Pronunciation: /ˈäp(ə)rə ˈbo͞ofə, ˌōperä ˈbo͞ofä


1A comic opera, typically in Italian, especially one with characters drawn from everyday life.
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  • The main products of his Italian stay were a choral Te Deum, an opera buffa, Don Procopio, in the manner of Donizetti, and an ode-symphonie based on the life of Vasco da Gama.
  • Part tragedy and part opera buffa, the ‘invasion of Savoy’ began and ended quickly in the early part of February 1834.
  • Stendhal described it as Rossini's greatest opera buffa, but it's possible his opinion was tinged with a little sarcasm (he was a Cimarosa fan).
1.1Opera buffa as a genre.
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  • The author infers what made opera buffa pleasurable primarily from textual analysis of its typical structural plot components (such as familiarity, conventionality, predictability and plot archetypes).
  • Perhaps Italian opera buffa's last gasp, this inspired piece of lunacy depicts the adventures of a bridegroom on his wedding day as he frantically searches for a replacement Florentine hat similar to one accidentally eaten by his horse.
  • The reader unfamiliar with the scholarship on the opera buffa will be unable to evaluate the contribution of Mary Hunt's book.



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