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Operetta (It.: diminutive of ‘opera’; Fr. opérette; Ger. Operette; Sp. opereta)locked

  • Andrew Lamb


A light opera with spoken dialogue, songs and dances. Emphasizing music rich in melody and based on 19th-century operatic styles, the form flourished during the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th. During the 20th century it evolved into and was largely superseded by the ...

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