Definition of light opera in English:

light opera

noun

  • another term for operetta
    • ‘He is an author of many operas, light operas, songs, cantatas.’
    • ‘Remembering its roots as a Gilbert and Sullivan company, it mounts at least one of their popular light operas each season.’
    • ‘This is the darkest of light operas and one that reveals its depths on the turntable, away from the distractions of staging.’
    • ‘Its Performing Arts Department is treating the community to one of the world's most popular light operas.’
    • ‘Early works by Herve (aka Florimond Ronger) and Adolphe Adam are considered by scholars to be the first light operas or operettas, but their works have been mostly forgotten.’
    • ‘Dance music, marches and parlor pieces for the piano and songs made up the bulk of publications but cantatas and light operas also found their way into print.’
    • ‘This doubtless made a change from the general run of dance music of the Victorian era which was often adapted from the light operas of the time.’
    • ‘It has acquired the rights to 12 Gilbert and Sullivan light operas for presentation on PBS in 1984.’
    • ‘‘Most civic light operas dream of having this much talent in one show,’ he said.’
    • ‘The Company now performs Gilbert and Sullivan, other traditional light operas and modern musicals in roughly equal proportions.’
    • ‘The composer considers it his best achievement, and it is certainly in outline much more to be admired than the light operas that the American people are raving about today.’
    • ‘Their repertory included all the popular light operas of their day, but DeKoven's Robin Hood became the especial favorite, this opera receiving over a thousand performances at their hands.’
    • ‘Between 1809 and 1831 Sir Henry Bishop composed at least twenty light operas.’
    • ‘Hanmer and Park had adapted many European light operas for Weinbergers and we have performed many of their works.’
    • ‘As I explored the site I found an interview he had given on the difference between singing in musicals or light operas, and singing as himself on an album.’
    • ‘As is common in musicals and light operas, there are a couple of young men who win the hearts of their sweethearts, despite interference from ‘bad guys.’’
    • ‘Since 1935 the Village Light Opera Group has given the New York public high quality productions of rarely performed light operas, operettas and Broadway musicals.’