Definition of Singspiel in English:



  • A form of German light opera, typically with spoken dialogue, popular especially in the late 18th century.

    • ‘The German Singspiel, English ballad opera, French opéra comique, and Spanish zarzuela tended to use spoken dialogue rather than recitative between the songs.’
    • ‘A Singspiel is a stage work, frequently a comedy, in which musical numbers alternate with long stretches of spoken dialogue.’
    • ‘The Thirty Years' War inhibited development of the Singspiel and gave additional scope to Italian works from across the Alps.’
    • ‘We laugh, but we also remember that real human issues - hopeless despair, jealousy, revenge, and forgiveness - arise in this Singspiel.’
    • ‘Appropriately they will soon present Mozart's last Singspiel, which is said to provide for that magic on a good day.’


From German singen ‘sing’ + Spiel ‘play’.