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Opera

The finest Falstaff you’ll see this summer

10 July 2021

9:00 AM

10 July 2021

9:00 AM

Falstaff

Scottish Opera Production Studios, Glasgow, until 17 July, then Edinburgh International Festival, 8–14 August

Comedy’s a funny thing. No, seriously, the business of making people laugh is as fragile, as mercurial as cryptocurrency — a constellation of shifting risk factors, many beyond control, any of which can kill a joke deader than Dogecoin.

Opera is already at a disadvantage. Timing — comedy’s accelerant of choice — is predetermined, dictated by the demands of unwieldy choruses and slow-moving sets, pinned down to the second by a score whose creator may be anything but a natural comedian.

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