from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A man who sings comic opera roles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A comic singer, particularly in comic opera
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The comic actor in an opera.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Comic: as, basso buffo. See bouffe and buffa.
- n. The comic actor in an opera; a comic singer.
During this theatre season, the third edition of "Mistero buffo" is born (Palazzina
Dante is the Emperor of Words, but the buffo is the Emperor of Deeds.
I mean here's a guy whose name on a marquis (ph) used to guarantee a buffo (ph) - I just said "buffo" (ph) - box office.
But we scarcely believe a respectable audience would not patronize or encourage Negro buffo songs here.
Watching Italy's PM Silvio Berlusconi, France's President Nicholas Sarkozy and other world leaders squirm with embarrassment walking next to Gaddafi decked out in flamboyant, clownish uniforms straight from an Italian "opera buffo" was always amusing.
The opera retains much of the film's dialogue while adding love music for Neruda and his wife, Matilde (Cristina Gallardo-Domas, who is Chilean, looking and sounding exquisite); a buffo-style tenor duet for Neruda and the simple postman Mario (Charles Castronovo), who gradually comes to worship him; and a couple of Neruda's poems, which make perfect arias.
Basses can be subdivided into the basso cantante ("singing bass"; Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra), the comic basso buffo (Don Pasquale), or the basso profondo ("deep bass"; Osmin in The Seraglio).
Paolo Gavanelli, as the much put upon Geronio (above center), proves again that he is one of the world's great buffo baritones, delivering a spectacular display of parlando (Italian patter).
Built like a bear, with a rumbling basso buffo voice to match, Eddie Gorodetsky is an off-the-radar celebrity, a star in two separate pop culture universes but little-known except to insiders.
If it weren't so tragically unnecessary you could be watching opera buffo at the equally historic Wheeler Opera House, where a developmental tragedy of its own is only now unfolding.
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