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Ballad opera


Hildebrands - Tho' Late I Was Plump (A Poor Soldier, ballad opera)


Mangathèque O-Taku: Ballad Opera - shojo gothique #2


Ballad Opera - Trailer


Ballad Opera


Hildebrands - A Rose Tree (from the ballad opera, A Poor Soldier)

The ballad opera is a genre of English stage entertainment that originated in the early 18th century, and continued to develop over the following century and later. Like the earlier comédie en vaudeville and the later Singspiel, its distinguishing characteristic is the use of tunes in a popular style with spoken dialogue. These English plays were 'operas' mainly insofar as they satirized the conventions of the imported opera seria. Music critic Peter Gammond describes the ballad opera as "an important step in the emancipation of both the musical stage and the popular song."
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