noun (plural singspiele /-ˌspēlə/ /-ˌSHpēlə/)
A form of German light opera, typically with spoken dialogue, popular especially in the late 18th century.
- The German Singspiel, English ballad opera, French opéra comique, and Spanish zarzuela tended to use spoken dialogue rather than recitative between the songs.
- A Singspiel is a stage work, frequently a comedy, in which musical numbers alternate with long stretches of spoken dialogue.
- The Thirty Years' War inhibited development of the Singspiel and gave additional scope to Italian works from across the Alps.
From German singen 'sing' + Spiel 'play'.
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