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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After about 1750 the intermezzo evolved further into opera buffa.
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.
There is no doubt that this external subordination was of inestimable value to the development of the opera buffa.
The trouble with Orpheus is its new libretto, which seemed determined to turn this charming opera buffa into a crude opera boffola.
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 strict line of demarcation between opera seria and buffa did not exist in Paris.

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