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Opéra bouffon

Opéra bouffon is the French term for the Italian genre of opera buffa (comic opera) performed in 18th-century France, either in the original language or in French translation. It was also applied to original French opéras comiques having Italianate or near-farcical plots.[1]

The term was also later used by Jacques Offenbach for five of his operettas (Orphée aux enfers, Le pont des soupirs, Geneviève de Brabant, Le roman comique [fr] and Le voyage de MM. Dunanan père et fils[2]), and is sometimes confused with the French opéra comique and opéra bouffe.[3]

Notes

  1. ^ M. Elizabeth C. Bartlet: "Opéra bouffon", in: The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, ed. Stanley Sadie. Volume three, London 1992, p. 685.
  2. ^ Scores:Le voyage de MM. Dunanan père et fils (Offenbach, Jacques)
  3. ^ Notably André-Guillaume Contant d'Orville (Histoire de l'opéra bouffon, Amsterdam 1768, Vol. I and Vol. II) used the term as a synonym for opéra comique (Bartlet).

References

  • Bartlet, M. Elizabeth C.: "Opéra bouffon", in: The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, ed. Stanley Sadie. Volume three, London 1992, p. 685. ISBN 0-333-73432-7.

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