A dramatic work, partly in dialogue and partly in song, of a kind popular in Germany in the latter part of the 18th century. It was often comic, had modern characters, and patterned its music on folk song with strictly subordinated accompaniment.
German for 'song-play' a form of opera which evolved in Germany and Austria in the 18th century as an equivalent of the French opéra-comique, and which consisted of self-contained musical numbers connected by spoken dialogue. Important exponents of the genre were Mozart with Die Zauberflöte and Beethoven's Fidelio.
beginning in 1700, "Singspiel" was the German equivalent of the Italian "drama per musica" (drama with music) which included serious and comic opera. Around 1750 the term came to mean comic opera with spoken dialog.