Of course I love the opera, but I also love making fun of it. For example, in Verdi’s “La Traviata,” the heroine Violetta is supposed to die of tuberculosis, but she is usually played by overweight singers like me so I always imagined that she was really suffering from diabetes. These kinds of thoughts just crack me up. I just can’t help it. I don’t know how the audience can watch us without laughing

-Kumiko Mori

I read it here.


  1. One of my friends is singing in a production on Offenbach’s Orpheus, and has great fun laughing at the opera. Unfortunatly, a good deal of the laughter is because they’re doing it in English, and their translation appears to have been done using Babelfish.

    But the piece is pretty funny on its own merits, too! 🙂

  2. English translations can be pretty bad, can’t they? But yeah, opera … it’s just goofy much of the time. It’s still my fave, though!