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ballad opera,

in English drama, a play of comic, satiric, or pastoral intent, interspersed with songs, most of them sung to popular airs. First and best was The Beggar's Opera (1728) by John GayGay, John,
1685–1732, English playwright and poet, b. Barnstaple, Devon. Educated at the local grammar school, he was apprenticed to a silk mercer for a brief time before commencing his literary career in London.
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. The vogue for these operas lasted until c.1750.
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27) The volume also contains Leveridge's tune for the song, and it therefore looks as if Leveridge's tune was consciously rejected for the ballad opera in favour of Sandoni's.
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Seventeenth century ballad operas took the idea of grand Italian opera but made them accessible to ordinary folk by setting the lyrics to popular broadsheet ballads, opera arias, church hymns and folk tunes of the day.
Sobretudo no seculo XVIII, surgem, como alternativa a opera, uma serie de tradicoes autoctones de teatro musicado: a zarzuela em Espanha, a opera comique em Franca, a ballad opera em Inglaterra, o Singspiel na Alemanha.
That was in 1755 after which Garrick was much more careful: no more turning Shakespeare into ballad opera and no more castrati at Drury Lane.
With the birth of the ballad opera, beginning in 1729 with John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, popular tunes of the day began to play a more central role in theatrical performances.
as the modern equivalent of a ballad opera, in which scraps of familiar songs and dances would now and then drift into the musical score.
Atkins examines ballad opera, particularly successors to The Beggar's Opera by John Gay, beginning with the historical context and other forms of theater in England before its inception, the opera itself, and the origins of the genre.
From James Ralph's ballad opera The Fashionable Lady of 1730 to Carlisle Floyd's recent Cold Sassy Tree, which premiered in April of 2000, Kirk proposes a historical progression in light of the European-derived operatic trends adopted and massaged by American opera composers, and the socio-cultural history of the United States.
Flora is a ballad opera, meaning music was added to a play by writing new lyrics to well-known songs.
The nonoperatic genres treated in volume 4 are the zarzuela, opera comique, Singspiel, melodrama, ballad opera, musical, and operetta (which is allotted 292 pages - more than half of the volume).
Back home in Toronto, Naxos has released Mallon and Aradia's world premiere recording of Samuel Arnold's 1777 renovation of Polly, a ballad opera composed in 1729 by Johann Christoph Pepusch to John Gay's libretto as a sequel to the popular Pepusch/Gay social satire, The Beggar's Opera.