SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE OPERA goes for the big laugh on SUNDAY APRIL 30 at 5:30 when we celebrate the world of operatic & musical comedies in a program titled “WHAT’S OPERA, DOC?”
The singers of Boston-based OPERA-ON-TAP will dig into their bag of tricks to present some of the most celebrated examples of musical mirth to be found in the operatic world. Despite its reputation as a “serious” art form, some of its most famous composers are responsible for lighter works that are still as popular as their dramatic oeuvre.
The most famous example is, of course, Gioachino Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, or The Barber of Seville, which celebrated its 200th birthday last year. Following close behind Barbiere in terms of popularity are light-hearted pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) and Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute).
Other comic pieces that regularly grace the world’s greatest stages include Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and L’Elisir D’Amore, Verdi’s Falstaff and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Once we add in Rossini’s Cenerentola and L’Italiana in Algeri and all of the operetta’s by Gilbert and Sullivan, we realize that there is a lot more to opera than just Sturm und Drang.
The title for this evening takes its inspiration from the legendary 1957 Warner Brothers cartoon, starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in a musical parody of Wagnerian operas. So popular was this short that in 1994 it was named the greatest cartoon of all time by the animation industry. (It’s also famous for its signature musical number “Kill the Rabbit!”, sung to the tune of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries!)
Sunday Night at the Opera consists of three sets of live music accompanied by a three course dinner, served family style in an informal setting.,
The menu for the evening will be composed of dishes dedicated to the comedic theme, including:
PASTA PRIMAVERA alla “PAPPATACI” – from Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri
TUSCAN STEAK PIZZAIOLA- Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi
THE GARTER INN’S FISH & CHIPS- Verdi’s Falstaff
TIRAMISU ALLA ROSSINI- strawberries, blueberries, raspberries