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    You can't really be expected to choose only one.
    "Cenerentolla ",the Ponelle version, I have the DVD with von Stade and Araiza.
    I find Paolo Montarsolo and Claudio Desderi as Don Magnifico and Dandini along with the Ugly Sisters very,very, funny.
    I also fancy Frederica von Stade.
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    speaking of Ponelle and opera comedies, his Cosi with Gruberova and Ziegler is excellent as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deggial View Post
    speaking of Ponelle and opera comedies, his Cosi with Gruberova and Ziegler is excellent as well.
    This brilliant geezer could make even Rigoletto funny at times.

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    Falstaff can be toe-curlingly awful, like this one



    but the new Robert Carsen production with Ambrogio Maestri was brilliant. I understand it will be revived in 2014/15 at ROH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moody View Post
    You can't really be expected to choose only one.
    "Cenerentolla ",the Ponelle version, I have the DVD with von Stade and Araiza.
    I find Paolo Montarsolo and Claudio Desderi as Don Magnifico and Dandini along with the Ugly Sisters very,very, funny.
    I also fancy Frederica von Stade.
    Heck, I fancy Frederica von Stade and I'm a straight female!
    Last edited by mamascarlatti; Nov-13-2013 at 20:43.
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    Ponnelle + Clemenza: very funny. Not sure it's meant to be.

    Last edited by mamascarlatti; Nov-13-2013 at 20:45.
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    Default The Last Savage and The Nose

    Over the past few years my wife and I have seen really funny operas.

    At Santa Fe we saw Menotti's The Last Savage. It was a riot. The audience was laughing their heads off. I am amazed that it is not more frequently performed.

    A few weeks ago we saw the HD performance of Shostakovitch's The Nose. The plot would make Monty Python proud. It was very funny.
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    Another truly zany opera is Prokofiev's "The Love For 3 Oranges ", which is very Monty Pythonesque .
    In fact, it's so much like Monty Python, it's amazing . The opera anticipates Monty Python to n amazing degree,
    with a ridiculous chorus interrupting the action almost like the big shoe coming down on the TV show .
    There's an excellent performnce by one of the regional English opera companies in English on youtube .
    This performance featured a clever gimmick with the audience able to comment on the action with
    different smells which they could activate from their seats ! Of course, you couldn't smell anything on
    youtube, but it's still great fun .
    On e of the characters is a huge female cook in the villain's castle sung by a bass ! "She" weilds a
    huge, deadly spoon .

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    Quote Originally Posted by superhorn View Post
    Another truly zany opera is Prokofiev's "The Love For 3 Oranges", which is very Monty Pythonesque.
    In fact, it's so much like Monty Python, it's amazing. The opera anticipates Monty Python to an amazing degree, with a ridiculous chorus interrupting the action almost like the big shoe coming down on the TV show.
    There's an excellent performance by one of the regional English opera companies in English on youtube.
    This performance featured a clever gimmick with the audience able to comment on the action with different smells which they could activate from their seats! Of course, you couldn't smell anything on youtube, but it's still great fun.
    One of the characters is a huge female cook in the villain's castle sung by a bass! "She" wields a huge, deadly spoon.
    Ha! Love the Python analogy, never thought of it like that before!

    Back in March I went to Amsterdam & saw a revival of this Laurent Pelly.



    It's a fabulous version with interaction with the audience. At one stage Trouffaldino dances along the front row, ruffles the conductor's hair from behind then has a mimed conversation with the audience.

    When the cook started to sing the audience erupted with laughter. I saw it three times & I'm sure the cook got "sexier" as the week went on.




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    Some very good choices already listed.
    I put in high regard Gianni Schicchi for its cynic humor which is based on an universal human characteristic like greed instead of historic settings.

    Pergolesi's intermezzi La serva padrona and Livietta e Tracollo are also very funny.

    Less known but with which you can have a good laugh there is Nino Rota's Il capello di paglia di Firenze.

    Also L'impresario in angustie by Cimarosa, nothing better than self-reference with the world of opera.
    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    They are not funny at all, not by themselves. Most of the classics represent sort of "historical", very schematic humour. It depends entirely on the performers if I will laugh at Barbiere or just enjoy the music without even smiling on the stage events.
    Of course it depends on signers/actors but that's true for every kind of operas.
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    The Golden Cockerel is a comedy...right? right?

    Fast-forward to 1:50 and release the ninja-chicken.

    This space for rent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couac Addict View Post
    The Golden Cockerel is a comedy...right? right?

    Fast-forward to 1:50 and release the ninja-chicken.

    I think that in order to be funny you have to understand at least part of the words, unless it's a slapstick type comedy...

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    ^ the costumes are beyond this world!

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    I had a good laugh at Il Barbiere di Seviglia, which is a pearl, and Le Nozze di Figaro, especially at il Conte in the latter.
    Gianni Schicchi mentioned above is more of a satyrical but ever actual thing.

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