A light opera comprising an overture, songs, dances and spoken dialogue that emerged as an independent genre in France during the early 19th century. The earliest example is Adolphe Adam’s Le Chalet (1834), but the most famous is Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld, 1858) which contains the famous galop popularly known as the can-can. Contemporaneous Spanish zarzuelas can be deemed operettas in all but name; the same may be said of the Savoy operas by Gilbert and Sullivan (a 25-year collaboration from 1871–96), which are mostly given to satirising British social and formal institutions.

Album Title Catalogue No.
A Fool for Love DE3414
A to Z of Singers 8.558097-100
Abraham: Ball at the Savoy 8.660503-04
Abraham: Viktoria und ihr Husar OC454
Alda, Frances: Victor Recordings 1909-1915 (Complete) 81034-2
Arier - Ch'il bel Sogno 8.573699
Arrieta, E.: Marina [Opera] (Vela, Caballer, Ferrando) (1954) 9.80794-95
Arthur Honegger: Les Aventures du Roi Pausole MGB-6115
As Dreams Fall Apart: The Golden Age of Jewish Stage and Film Music 1925–1955 CDR90000-151
Bel Canto C321931Z
Belcanto - The Tenors of the 78 Era NBD0063-64V
Belcanto - The Tenors of the 78 Era 2.110389-91
Benatzky, R.: Im Weissen Rossl [Operetta] OC715
Berger, Erna: A Vocal Portrait (1934-1949) 8.110733
Berte, H.: Dreimaderlhaus (Das) [Operetta] C10550
Best Of Operetta, Vol. 1 8.550941
Best Of Operetta, Vol. 1 8.570049
Best Of Operetta, Vol. 2 8.550942
Best Of Operetta, Vol. 3 8.550943
Bjorling, Jussi: Bjorling Collection, Vol. 1: Opera and Operetta Recordings (1930-1938) 8.110722
Bjorling, Jussi: Bjorling Collection, Vol. 8: O Sole Mio (1920-1952) 8.110792
Bori, Lucrezia: Victor Recordings 1914-25 81016-2
Breton, T.: Verbena De La Paloma (La) [Zarzuela] (Oller, Encabo, Argenta) (1952) 9.80792
Carrara: La piccola vedetta lombarda TC970303
Celebri arie d'opera e da camera TC840002