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Meaning of opera buffa

o•pe•ra buf•fa

Pronunciation: (op'ur-u b'fu, op'ruIt.ô'pe-rä bf'fä), [key]
— pl. o•pe•ra buf•fas, o•pe•ras buf•fa, o•pe•re buf•fe
  1. an Italian farcical comic opera originating in the 18th century and containing recitativo secco, patter songs, and ensemble finales.
  2. the operatic genre comprising such works.
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