Definition of opéra comique in English:

opéra comique

noun

  • An opera (usually in French) on a light-hearted theme, with spoken dialogue.

    • ‘His Prague repertory was almost devoid of Italian opera, but it did include many of the French opéras comiques which he felt set the most fruitful example for German composers.’
    • ‘Berlioz's only Shakespearian opera as such is Béatrice et Bénédict, a two-act opéra comique based on Much Ado About Nothing, written for the Stadttheater in Baden-Baden.’

Origin

French.

Pronunciation

opéra comique

/ɔpeʀa kɔmik//ˌɒp(ə)rə kɒˈmiːk/