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Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in new articles, The Voice Box | 0 comments

Funny of the Week

Posted by Melissa Wimbish (via

10 utterly ridiculous things that only happen in opera

1. Cockerel pecks a king to death

In Rimsky Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel, King Dodon meets his match in the shape of a rather large cockerel, who proceeds to peck his jugular in a show of loyalty to his owner. Have a look here…

2. Helicopter string quartet

Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mittwoch Aus Licht is notable for its infamous helicopter string quartet section, which actually seems fairly sensible once you’ve gotten past the fact that the opera also features live Bactrian camels.

3. Man is mistaken for an otter and shot

It’s not the most well-known of operas, but Julius Benedict’s Lily of Killarney is notable for one scene in which one of the main characters, Danny, meets an untimely end thanks to his obvious resemblance to an aquatic mammal. Pavarotter, anyone?

4. Forty thieves are mistaken for sacks of coffee and burned alive

Luigi Cherubini tackled the legend of Ali Baba in his opera of the same name, but decided to keep the rather ludicrous section in which his forty thieves are concealed among a delivery of coffee sacks and burned alive.

See the full list here!

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