Definition of opera buffa in English:

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opera buffa

Pronunciation: /ˈäp(ə)rə ˈbo͞ofə/ /ˌōperä ˈbo͞ofä/


1A comic opera, typically in Italian, especially one with characters drawn from everyday life.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Words that rhyme with opera buffa

hoofer, loofah, roofer, spoofer, tufa, woofer

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Syllabification: o·pe·ra buf·fa

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