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Form of German light opera, typically with spoken dialogue, popular especially in the late 18th century/MozartDie Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)/Zaide (unfinished)/Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impressario)
Opera or other musical work composed of works by different composers who may or may not have been working together/or an adaptation of existing work that is loose or unauthorized
Early 19th-century German opera developed from opéras comiques of the French Revolution/Maria von Weber, WagnerDer Freischütz/Die Feen/Tannhäuser/The Flying Dutchman/
Short opera, usually on a light or humorous theme and typically having spoken dialogue/Offenbach, J Strauss, Lehár, and Gilbert & Sullivan Orphée aux enfers/Die Fledermaus/H.M.S. Pinafore/The Pirates of Penzance/The Mikado
Late 19th/early 20th century opera movement inspired by literary naturalism & realism/Puccini, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Giordano, CileaPagliacci/Tosca
short-lived genre of opera associated with Weimar Germany/incorporated modern technology & frequent allusions to popular music, especially jazz
Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, the latter incorporating operatic and popular song, as well as dance
Theatrical entertainment popular in early 18th-century England/satirical play interspersed w/traditional or operatic songs/John Gay, Bickerstaffe, Sheridan, Weill & BrechtThe Beggar's Opera/Love in a Village/The Duenna/The Threepenny Opera
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Operas which were specifically composed to be broadcastThe Red Pen
Italian for Theatrical Action/popular in Italy & southern Europe in late 17-18th centuries/short, few actors, single act or 2 parts, usually no chorus/Mozart, Haydn, Gluck, TraettaIl sogno di Scipione/L'isola disabitata/Orfeo ed Euridice/Armida
Opera on a serious theme in which entire libretto (including dialogue) is sung/Auber, Rossini, Donizetti, Meyerbeer, VerdiLa muette de Portici/Guillaume Tell (William Tell)/Les Huguenots/Jérusalem/La Esmeralda
Restoration entertainments that combined spoken plays with masque-like episodes employing singing and dancing characters/usually included machines
Late 19th-century French operetta, closely associated with Jacques Offenbach/theatre gave name to form/La belle Hélène/Barbe-bleue (Bluebeard)/La vie parisienne/La Périchole/La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein
18th/early 19th century/comic opera, typically in Italian, especially one with characters drawn from everyday life/Rossini, Mozart, Donizetti, Pergolesi, Logroscino, ScarlattiThe Barber of Seville/The Marriage of Figaro
Style of comic opera that developed in Victorian England in late 19th century/named for Theatre/Gilbert & SullivanPatience/Trial by Jury/The Sorcerer/HMS Pinafore/The Pirates of Penzance/The Mikado/The Grand Duke
Opera, typically one of the 18th century in Italian, on a serious, usually classical or mythological theme/Handel, Gluck, Mozart, Scarlatti, Vinci PorporaOrfeo ed Euridice/Idomeneo/Agrippina/Orlando

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