Opera Comique Started the Craze for Popular Music and Theatre in Argentina

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The Opera Comique was one of the first music and theatre venues in Argentina, and it quickly became a craze among the people. It was known for its quality performances, and people would often come from all over to see the shows. The Opera Comique is credited with starting the popularity of music and theatre in Argentina, and it is still a popular destination today.

What is Opera Comique?

Opera comique is a type of opera that emerged in the early 18th century. It is characterized by spoken dialogue, usually of a comedic nature, interspersed with musical numbers. Opera comique became very popular in France and Italy during the 18th century, and it spread to other parts of Europe and overseas. Argentina, in particular, saw a craze for opera comique during the 19th century.

The first opera comique in Argentina was “La Muñeca Azul” (“The Blue Doll”), which premiered in Buenos Aires in 1821. This was followed by other popular works such as “La Cenicienta” (“Cinderella”), “Don Giovanni” and “Rigoletto”. The craze for opera comique reached its peak in the 1880s, with new works being regularly produced and performed.

However, the popularity of opera comique began to decline in the early 20th century, as more Argentinians turned to other forms of entertainment such as tango and cinema. Nevertheless, opera comique still has a loyal following in Argentina, and there are several professional companies that continue to perform this style of opera.

Opera Comique in Argentina

In the late 1800s, a new type of music and theatre took Argentina by storm. It was called opera comique, and it was a mix of popular music and light opera. The people of Argentina loved it, and soon, opera comique shows were being put on all over the country.

The beginnings

Opera comique is a genre of opera that emerged in the early 18th century in France. It featured a combination of spoken dialogue, song, and dance, and was usually performed in a small theatre with a simple set and few props. The opera comique was extremely popular in France during the 18th century, and it soon spread to other parts of Europe, including Italy, Germany, Austria, and England.

In the late 18th century, the opera comique craze reached Argentina. Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, had a large population of European immigrants, many of whom were operagoers. They brought with them their love of opera comique, and the genre quickly took root in Argentina.

The first opera comique performances in Buenos Aires were given by an Italian troupe in 1783. The troupe’s arrival was widely publicized, and tickets for their performances were expensive. Nevertheless, the shows were hugely successful, and they sparked a craze for opera comique in Argentina.

Over the next few decades, numerous opera comique troupes from Europe toured Argentina. They were invariably met with great enthusiasm by Argentinian audiences. As well as imported works, Argentinian composers began to write their own operas comiques. By the early 19th century, opera comique had become one of the most popular forms of entertainment in Argentina.

The present

In the present, Opera Comique is still a very popular type of theatre in Argentina. However, it has evolved somewhat from its original form. Today, Opera Comique often incorporates elements of other genres, such as comedy and drama. This makes it even more popular with contemporary audiences.

Since the early 1800s, Opera Comique has been a popular form of entertainment in Argentina. What makes it so popular? Opera Comique is a mix of music and theatre, and it often tells stories that are based on real life events.

The music

The music of opera comique is what sets it apart from other genres and makes it so popular. It is a mix of classical and popular music, which makes it easy to listen to and understand. The lyrics are often about love, loss, and other emotions that people can relate to. This type of opera was created in Argentina in the early 20th century and has been popular ever since.

The theatre

Opera comique is a type of theatre that was originally developed in France in the 18th century. It is a mix of opera and comedy, with the latter often prevailing. The first opera comiques were written in the 1760s, and they quickly became popular in Argentina.

The main reason for their popularity was that they were easily accessible to the public. They were cheaper to produce than full-scale operas, and they were performed in smaller venues such as cafes and private homes. This made them much more intimate and personal than traditional operas, which were usually staged in large theatres.

Another reason for their popularity was that they often featured popular songs and dances from Argentina and other countries. This made them much more fun and enjoyable than traditional operas, which tended to be quite serious and solemn.

Opera comique started the craze for popular music and theatre in Argentina, and it quickly spread to other parts of South America. Today, it is still very popular in many countries, particularly Brazil and Uruguay.


In conclusion, Opera Comique was responsible for starting the craze for popular music and theatre in Argentina. This can be seen in the way that Argentineans continue to flock to see Opera Comique performances, even though they are now few and far between. The popularity of Opera Comique also helped to spawn a new generation of Argentinean musicians and composers who have continued the tradition of creating catchy, energetic and popular music.

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