The word opera is evoking thoughts of serious evenings, precious jewelry and evening gowns in some of us. But those who have attended an opera buffa think of something completely different. They rather think of having a thrilling evening in good spirits at an entertaining show.
The Comedic Side of Opera
Opera buffa, the lighter, comedic side of opera, came into fashion in Italy in the mid-1700s. The genre continues to be popular with audiences around the world, adding new fans each year.
Several pieces from this category are regularly staged by both major opera houses and local companies, creating many opportunities for the novice and the expert to attend a performance. Favorite pieces such as Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” and Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love” are excellent examples of the comic opera and are a testament to the staying power of the art.