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Ballad opera

a theater entertainment of 18th-century England, consisting of popular tunes, folk songs, and dialogue.
Historical Examples

Charleston also claims the first performance of ballad opera on record in America .
Annals of Music in America Henry Charles Lahee

It may be regarded as a species of prototype of the burletta or ballad opera of later days.
A Book of Burlesque Willam Davenport Adams

Hallam and Chapman joined in partnership, and produced Fair Rosamond and a ballad opera.
The Old Showmen and the Old London Fairs Thomas Frost

an opera consisting of popular tunes to which appropriate words have been set, interspersed with spoken dialogue


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