Definition of opéra comique in English:

opéra comique

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

French.

Pronunciation

opéra comique

/ˌɒp(ə)rə kɒˈmiːk//ɔpeʀa kɔmik/