from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An opera or operetta with a humorous plot, generally spoken dialogue, and usually a happy ending. Also called bouffe.

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  • n. opera with a happy ending and in which some of the text is spoken


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  • Mexicans are not easily pleased with plays; and the only time they enjoy themselves is when they have a "Zarzuela" – a cross between a comic opera and a drama.

    Six Months in Mexico

  • He justified the taste of his co-members by his production in 1853 of the comic opera of “La Tonelli,” a work which, though not greatly successful with “hoi polloi,” was an admirable specimen of light and graceful opera at its best.

    The Great Italian and French Composers

  • But, differing from Cornelius, he accepts the situation when the truth is revealed to him under circumstances that make him as ridiculous as the spectre of Tappington in the Ingoldsby Legends; and, as a comic opera generally ends happily, he consents to the marriage of his daughter, Camilla, and of Keat, the cook, with their respective swains.


  • The first step in the brilliant career of Thomas was the production of a comic opera in one act, “La Double Echelle,” produced in 1837.

    The Great Italian and French Composers

  • An opera, “Cora et Alonzo,” had been composed at the age of twenty and accepted at the opera; but it was not till 1790 that he got a hearing in the comic opera of “Euphrasque et Coradin,” composed under the direction of Gluck.

    The Great Italian and French Composers

  • Originally a British marching tune with words dating back to the French and Indian War, it had appeared as noted earlier in Andrew Barton’s comic opera The Disappointment, with bawdy, punning lyrics about the manic quest by some Philadelphians for Blackbeard’s buried treasure.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • The comic opera “Le Sejour Militaire,” produced in 1813, when Auber was thirty, was really his debut as a composer.

    The Great Italian and French Composers

  • A doorman in comic opera regimentals strode about marshalling taxis and leaping to serve.

    The Great California Game

  • It first caught the eye and ear of its public by presenting the popular new marches by John Philip Sousa; and when the comic opera of

    A Dutch Boy Fifty Years After


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