Definition of opera buffa in English:

opera buffa


  • 1A comic opera (usually in Italian), especially one with characters drawn from everyday life.

    ‘an opera buffa based on a play by Goldoni’
    • ‘The main products of his Italian stay were a choral Te Deum, an opera buffa, Don Procopio, in the manner of Donizetti, and an ode-symphonie based on the life of Vasco da Gama.’
    • ‘Part tragedy and part opera buffa, the ‘invasion of Savoy’ began and ended quickly in the early part of February 1834.’
    • ‘Stendhal described it as Rossini's greatest opera buffa, but it's possible his opinion was tinged with a little sarcasm (he was a Cimarosa fan).’
    1. 1.1Opera buffa as a genre.
      ‘The author infers what made opera buffa pleasurable primarily from textual analysis of its typical structural plot components (such as familiarity, conventionality, predictability and plot archetypes).’
      • ‘Perhaps Italian opera buffa's last gasp, this inspired piece of lunacy depicts the adventures of a bridegroom on his wedding day as he frantically searches for a replacement Florentine hat similar to one accidentally eaten by his horse.’
      • ‘The reader unfamiliar with the scholarship on the opera buffa will be unable to evaluate the contribution of Mary Hunt's book.’
      • ‘His early success was based on opera buffa, but he later devoted himself to serious drama, beginning with Otello.’
      • ‘The whole work is styled as an opéra-ballet, and the overture progresses from a refined chamber start through arc-shaped spans of legato lines to moments of drama, with pointed counter asides in the style of opera buffa.’
      • ‘I certainly hope to revisit Les Danaides in the hope of finding it better than I did then; but the genre Salieri cultivated most, and in which his works are most worth reviving, remains opera buffa.’
      • ‘When Rossini, composer of The Barber of Seville, visited Beethoven in 1822, he was told to stick to opera buffa, which suited the language and temperament of Italians.’


opera buffa

/ˌäp(ə)rə ˈbo͞ofə/ /ˌɑp(ə)rə ˈbufə/


Italian, from opera ‘opera’ + buffa ‘jest’.