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A comic opera (usually in Italian), especially one with characters drawn from everyday life.‘an opera buffa based on a play by Goldoni’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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).’
- ‘Part tragedy and part opera buffa, the ‘invasion of Savoy’ began and ended quickly in the early part of February 1834.’
Italian, from opera ‘opera’ + buffa ‘jest’.
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