What is a buffa?

What is a buffa? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. (music) The comic actress in an opera.
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The main products of his Italian stay were a choral Te Deum, an opera buffa, Don Procopio, in the manner of Donizetti, and an ode-symphonie based on the life of Vasco da Gama.
The intermezzo subsequently rose to such an importance that it developed into opera buffa, the comic Italian opera.
Mozart's masterpiece So do all Women or The school for Lovers represents the genre of the Italian opera buffa and consists of two acts.
The other men who devoted themselves to opera buffa during this period my be briefly dismissed.
The strict line of demarcation between opera seria and buffa did not exist in Paris.
So he gave him a contract to write three operas, one of which was to be an opera buffa, and to be ready in the following autumn.

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