Definitions

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  • n. The comic actress in an opera.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The comic actress in an opera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Comic: as. opera buffa, aria buffa.
  • n. A female singer of comic music. See buffo and bouffe.

Etymologies

Italian. See buffo and buffoon. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Whereas the Furies’ verse maintains a regular rhyme scheme and forms a coherent antiphonal structure of response and chorus, the mocking tone of their words moves their chorus away from the emotiveness of aria into the narrative realm of fiction that in the opera buffa is largely the domain of recitative.

    'An assiduous frequenter of the Italian opera': Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound and the opera buffa

  • Il matrimonio segreto is Cimarosa's most famous opera buffa which is reputed to have won immense admiration from Emperor Leopold II at its first performance in

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  • Among them are "Song of the Volga Boatmen," which was discovered in 1996, and the opera buffa "Mavra."

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  • Comedies opera buffa such as this made opera seria look marmoreal.

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  • Countertenor Lawrence Zazzo headed the fine cast, with Sophie Bevan, Christine Rice and Ailish Tynan, whose loveliness was cruelly hidden, somewhat unnecessarily and in the one false move, by a buffa fat-suit, goatee beard, specs and fez hat.

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  • The final paragraph was cut for space — it's not absolutely necessary, but I liked the comparison: “In opera buffa, it usually ends when all the falsity is discovered,” Ganz goes on, “like the end of ‘Figaro,’ where everything is revealed, and all is happy.”

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  • The man whose last name was linked with the word "fatigue" at the end of his presidency to describe the country's exhaustion with him -- and with the opera buffa that had been running nonstop since Star magazine's introduction of Gennifer Flowers a year before his presidency began?

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  • Le nozze di Figaro, and this time Domingo descended to the pit where he honored Mozart's glorious opera buffa with the vibrant, stimulating call to unearthing the musical emotion that the composer must have always wished for.

    Donna Perlmutter: Postino and Figaro: Underclass Heroes Who Usher in L.A. Opera's 25th Season

  • Capello rose to his feet once or twice before the interval to make a point to his players, something he eschewed during the match against Hungary, when he seemed to be trying to prove that his modus operandi in the technical area is not restricted to an opera buffa of impotent bellowing and wild gestures of frustration.

    Four-goal England still a world away as they show familiar failings

  • It also contains all the stock devices of 18th-century opera buffa – disguise and gender-swapping, madness and misidentification – that were transcended so magnificently by Mozart 50 years later.

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