Song-play. Type of opera, Ger. equivalent of dramma per musica
, which developed c.
1700, term orig. being applied to all operas. From c.
implied an opera with spoken dialogue, comparable to Eng. ballad-opera and Fr. opéra-comique
, e.g. those by Hiller and Benda. Zenith was reached with Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail
, 1782 and Die Zauberflöte
, 1791. Beethoven's Fidelio
is technically a Singspiel
, but term generally implies a comic or light subject.
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