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    Which comic opera makes you laugh the hardest? For me it is Rossini's Le comte ory.

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    Le Grand Macabre - because it's so rude
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    It all depends on the performers, in my experience (and to a lesser extent, the production and director). People who are funny make things funny. People who aren't, can't get a laugh with the best line in the world.
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    Of the relatively few comic operas (comparatively speaking) that I've listened to, the funniest for me is Il Barbiere di Seviglia. Not only the situations are funny but the music itself is dynamically comic throughout, either satirical (Basilio and Bartolo) or farcical in the many plot "complications".
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    I've always thought L'Italiana in Algeri is hilarious. I even think the overture is funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revenant View Post
    Of the relatively few comic operas (comparatively speaking) that I've listened to, the funniest for me is Il Barbiere di Seviglia. Not only the situations are funny but the music itself is dynamically comic throughout, either satirical (Basilio and Bartolo) or farcical in the many plot "complications".
    Having just rewatched it after many years I heartily concur.

    Other operas that make me laugh are La fille du Regiment, Albert Herring, Serse, Cavalli's Elena and Il Giasone, Purcell's the Fairy queen, and the comic bits of L'incoronazione di Poppea,
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    This one...

    The Met wants to attract a younger audience. Well, here you go. Someone, get Bryn Terfel on the line.

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    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.
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    another funny one is Offenbach's La belle Helene.

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    English National Opera is particularly adept at comic opera and their perennial production of The Mikado is always a good show. (G&S operettas are amazingly durable in their humour). And ENO certainly had the funniest Falstaff of the many I've seen.

    Another vote from me for L'Italiana in Algeri. At the opera you know you're in for a fun evening. It's bright and breezy and the tunes are so sunny and uplifting.

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    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.
    Yes, exactly how I feel. Something as simple as "Eccolo qua!" in Dunque Io Son can be a literal laugh-out-loud moment or fall completely flat. All depends on the performer(s).
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    A bad tenor in the lead role in Mozart's di Tito is pretty funny to listen to...

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    Der Rosenkavalier with a good Ochs gets some chuckles from me. "Papa! Papa! Papa!"

    I'm pretty fond of what I think of as Hans Sachs' trolling scene in Meistersinger as well.

    Really, bonus points to any librettist who realizes that there are amusing things other than a) mistaken identity and b) a character thinking that another character is not in the room when he is, in fact, in the room.
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    Is Mozart's Don Giovanni a comic opera? Because the Leporello guy is certainly quite funny.

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    ^ yes, DG is a comedy and a good one at that. I like it when DG himself is played with a sense of humour, as for Leporello and Zerlina... they're sheer comic characters.

    Quote Originally Posted by ericdxx View Post
    A bad tenor in the lead role in Mozart's di Tito is pretty funny to listen to...
    hahaha, yes! I nominate Rainer Trost's rendition of Se all'impero on this CD. His coloratura is hilarious. Incidentally, I enjoy that CD a lot and listen to it often - but it's still the gentlest Tito recording I've ever heard.

    OT: by and large, hard to go wrong with Rossini. I also often laugh with Le Nozze (not Rossini but still funny).
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