, only funny
; the "opera comique" came into being along with a variety of other operatic genres as the art form spread from Italy
into the rest of Europe
. Not to be confused with the operetta
, which is also
funny but is much shorter than a full-on comic opera.
Many composers including Verdi and Mozart wrote comic operas, but one most commonly hears the term these days in association with the works of Gilbert and Sullivan.