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date: 13 November 2019

Burla (It.: ‘jest’)locked

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(It.: ‘jest’)

A term used occasionally during the 18th century, together with its diminutives Burletta and burlettina, to indicate comic Italian operas. In about 1720 the buffo singer Francesco Belisani used it to distinguish between comic operas and the intermezzos inserted between the acts of serious operas. It has been suggested that ...

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