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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
operetta
noun
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Herbert's operetta "Babes in Toyland"
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And three: I have always loved the opera, the operetta.
▪ Are we perhaps being invited to see the simpering good taste of operetta as the flip-side of the Victorian stews?
▪ Every single operetta really stood on the lead performances, on his lead performances.
▪ Except for a film version of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, his film career was mainly an extension of his operetta activities.
▪ Oh yes, her voice was good, but voice alone wasn't enough in operetta.
▪ The audience, many of whom knew the operetta well, were puzzled.
▪ The White Horse Inn organises operetta evenings every week.
▪ Who turned the scene round, made it work so that the rest of the operetta is not totally ridiculous?
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Operetta

Operetta \Op`er*et"ta\, n. [It., dim. of opera.] (Mus.) A short, light, musical drama.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
operetta

"light opera," 1775, from Italian operetta, diminutive of opera.

Wiktionary
operetta

n. (context music English) A lighter version of opera with a frivolous story and spoken dialogue.

WordNet
operetta

n. a short amusing opera [syn: light opera]

Wikipedia
Operetta

Operetta is a genre of light opera, light in terms both of music and subject matter.

Operetta (film)

Operetta (German: Operette) is a 1940 musical film directed by Willi Forst and starring Forst, Maria Holst and Dora Komar. The film was made by Wien-Film, a Vienna-based company set up after Austria had been incorporated into Greater Germany following the 1938 Anschluss. It is the first film in director Willi Forst's "Viennese Trilogy" followed by Vienna Blood (1942) and Viennese Girls (1945). The film portrays the life of Franz Jauner (1832–1900), a leading musical figure in the city. It is both an operetta film and a Wiener Film.

Usage examples of "operetta".

And therefore if Judas baptized anyone, yet were they not rebaptized .

Alice was in the second row again, holding huge steins of beer aloft because it all took place in Heidelberg and about the operetta itself I prefer not to speak.

It beckoned more and more with every wretched year that passed: the Kaiserstadt, the Imperial City - but I was seventeen before I got away and then I went like a foolish girl in an operetta, eloping with a young lieutenant stationed in the little town to which I went each day to work as a sewing maid in an orphanage.

The crowd was small, for most of the visitors had compressed themselves into one of the rooms, where a shrill operetta was being performed by a strolling troupe.

We argued about a new operetta which had been produced a few weeks earlier, and I only remembered the little incident with Brigitte later in the evening, when they both departed and she again looked at me strangely.

It was the year when all the world was running after a very commonplace Operetta with one lovely stolen song: a Volks-song.

To a people so blessed and so imprinted with the baroque style of living, life itself was something of a dream and the good folk of the city passed the pleasant days and nights of their lives waltzing and wining, in light talk in the congenial coffeehouses, listening to music and viewing the make-believe of theater and opera and operetta, in flirting and making love, abandoning a large part of their lives to pleasure and to dreams.

Then, as I turned a corner at the highest permissible speed, there stood one of these operetta warriors with feathers in his imbecile hat and a paintbox on his chest.

It was in regard to this very tittle that De Maupassant had a disagreement with Audran and Boucheron director of the Bouffes Parisiens in October, 1890 They had given this title to an operetta about to be played at the Bouffes.

It ended however, by their ceding to De Maupassant, and the title of the operetta was changed to Miss Helyett.

The Cridi adored symphonies, folk music, stage musicals, operetta, plainchant, and whatever else she could winkle out of the nooks and crannies of her memory.

Then we heard the unmistakable sounds of the bandits drowning their sorrows and, comic operetta brigands as they were, they now indulged in a bass baritone chorus of laments, in parts, although, as time wears on, the part-singing becomes increasingly ragged.

They soon got to understand one another, yet for a long while merely communicated by means of notes at fetes, or during the performance of allegorical ballets and operettas, the airs in which sufficiently expressed the nature of such missives.

My discourse on the sadomasochistic subtext of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas has been called a minor masterpiece.

How often the subject has served for operettas, cantatas, overtures, symphonies, etc.