What is a buffa?

What is a buffa? Here are some definitions.

  1. (music) The comic actress in an opera.
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There is no doubt that this external subordination was of inestimable value to the development of the opera buffa.
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 trouble with Orpheus is its new libretto, which seemed determined to turn this charming opera buffa into a crude opera boffola.
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.
It was said of the performers that Rossi and Rosa Manservisi were specially suited for opera buffa.
The other men who devoted themselves to opera buffa during this period my be briefly dismissed.

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