Definition of primo buffo in English:

primo buffo

noun

  • The principal male singer or role in a comic opera, especially in the 18th-century Italian opera buffa.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Michael Kelly (1762–1826), singer and composer. From Italian primo buffo principal male singer or role in a comic opera from primo first + buffo.

Pronunciation

primo buffo

/ˌpriːməʊ ˈbuːfəʊ//ˌpriːməʊ ˈbʊfəʊ/