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Articles tagged with "comedy"

Why opera isn't all tragedies and trauma

22 May 2017

There's more to the art form than doom and gloom, as a number of comic gems prove.

Listen: The Importance of Being Earnest – ‘I think it would make other types of music laugh’

31 March 2016

Four singers from The Royal Opera’s revival of Gerald Barry’s acclaimed operatic adaptation of Wilde’s classic play discuss food, convention and keeping a straight face.

Lights! Coloratura! Action!: The giddy world of opera’s ‘action’ songs

3 February 2016

Drinking songs such as La traviata’s famous Brindisi are just the start of opera's songs describing action.

Laughing out Loud Part 2: More of our favourite comic moments in opera

24 April 2015

Look on the sunny side of opera with a handful of the art form’s jollier moments.

Unmistakably English: Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée

20 April 2015

The choreographer’s glorious romantic comedy evokes his beloved Suffolk and is one of his finest and most characteristic works.

‘Born for buffa’: The tricks of the trade that Rossini exploited to become a master of comedy


13 April 2015

The Italian composer was a genius at creating silly, surprising and strangely moving comic operas.

L'elisir d'amore musical highlight: ‘Udite, udite, o rustici!’

14 November 2014

Donizetti's loveable rogue Dulcamara is a cad and a swindler, but armed with a host of great tunes and the gift of the gab, he's irresistible.

Laughing out loud: Some of our favourite comedy moments in opera

18 September 2014

Opera isn't all tragic sopranos and tormented tenors, as these five classic comic moments prove.

Laughing in the face of tragedy: Black comedy in opera

21 August 2014

From Così fan tutte to Anna Nicole – operas have long come with a sharp edge.

Musical Highlight: ‘Es gibt ein Reich’ and ‘Die Dame gibt mit trübem Sinn’ from Ariadne auf Naxos

19 June 2014

Comedy follows fast on the heels of tragedy in a characteristically wilful moment from Strauss's sparkling opera.