The Barbarian of Seville

Nearly everyone on my Facebook feed is posting anti-Trump stuff, and in response I post kitten videos, which counteract the Bad Vibes of the Prez. But here’s one anti-Trump opera I find hilarious. It’s five minutes of political music.

The credits:

Believe it or not, in an aria with so many words, we actually still did not manage to fit in everything we wanted to say about “45”!
Singers: Rebecca Nelsen (1st and 3rd) and Eric Stoklossa
https://www.facebook.com/rebeccanelse…

https://www.facebook.com/ericstokloss…

Special thanks to SNL and Adam Sandler’s “Operaman” for the inspiration.

h/t: Don B.

31 Comments

  1. bric
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Bravissimo!

    • Mike
      Posted June 8, 2017 at 8:18 am | Permalink

      Brilliant, if we could get one for May, my life would be compolete.

      • Mike
        Posted June 8, 2017 at 8:20 am | Permalink

        Complete.!! I’ll never listen to Largo Factotum in the same way again.lol

  2. Merilee
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    I saw this a few days ago and can’t stop caterwauling Trumpo cheeeetaaaaaah🎶 It’s brilliant!

    • nicky
      Posted June 6, 2017 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

      Had to check up ‘caterwauling’: from middle Dutch ‘cater’ (= tomcat, ‘kater’ still used in modern Dutch, but it can also mean ‘hangover’😆) and old English ‘wawan’ to blow or howl, like the wind, related to ‘wail’).
      Thanks for that word, hope to use it one of these days….

      • Merilee
        Posted June 7, 2017 at 12:01 am | Permalink

        Glad to be of service, Nicky. The word has been used more than once to refer to my enthusiastic but off-tune singing.

      • rickflick
        Posted June 7, 2017 at 10:14 am | Permalink

        Twelfth Night

        MARIA
        “What a caterwauling do you keep here! If my lady have not called up her steward Malvolio and bid him turn you out of doors, never trust me.”

        • Merilee
          Posted June 7, 2017 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

          Perfect!
          Just saw a brilliant Twelfth Night from National Theatre ( live from the Old Vic, at the movies) which featured a female MalvoliA and a Sir Toby Belch channeling Keef Richard. Wonderful physical comedy!

    • Sixtus
      Posted June 9, 2017 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

      The subtitle shown as cheetah in the vid should really have been “città,” Italian for city and pronounced cheetah with accent on 2nd syllable. It makes much more sense, considering the images it accompanies, as “Trump city.”

      Besides, in the original aria, it is Figaro who is saying make way for factotum of the city (Largo al factotum della città).

      Extraordinarily clever video, nonetheless.

      • Merilee
        Posted June 9, 2017 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

        Damn! Can’t believe I forgot it was città! Only seen the opera around 10 times…
        But I think cheetah–>orange cheetoh works well, too.

        Della città, della città, trumpo cheetaaaaaaahh
        🎶🙀
        Now I REALLY can’t get it out of my head😱

  3. wendell read
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this. Absolutely delightful.

  4. Posted June 6, 2017 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Ah, I momentarily feel better. I thank thee.

  5. jwthomas
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    BTW, Sean Carroll is now posting pics, gifs and videos of his two cute kittens nearly every day on Twitter.

  6. Mark R.
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    This is great. I heard an interview with Rebecca Nelsen on the Michelangeloo Signorile show this week. She lives in Austria and probably won’t be coming back any time soon. I can’t say I blame her. Plus opera singers probably fare much better in Europe…just a hunch.

  7. Taskin
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Nicely done!

  8. Jenny Haniver
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant.

  9. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful! Like Adam Sandler’s old “Opera Man” skits on SNL (except with honest-to-Rossini talent!).

    Trump bouffe.

    • Mark R.
      Posted June 6, 2017 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

      She actually cites Sandler’s “Opera Man” for giving her inspiration.

  10. GBJames
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Excellent.

  11. stuartcoyle
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Very nice!

  12. Posted June 6, 2017 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Loved the political opera Jerry but encourage the further posting of kittens.

    Carl Kruse

  13. tubby
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    I just draw cats in response. Angry cats.

  14. rickflick
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    It is truly amazing how humor can make the most depressing situation seem bearable. I think I’ll share this to lift the spirits of some friends.

    • wendell read
      Posted June 6, 2017 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      You are absolutely right

  15. Heather Hastie
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    This is genius! Love it. 😀

  16. Posted June 6, 2017 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Where’s the link to the report? I think my house IS making me fat.

  17. Kevin
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Fantasrico!

  18. Dale Franzwa
    Posted June 7, 2017 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    I was alerted to this a couple of days ago and was going to notify Jerry but see others beat me to it. Now if you enjoyed Il Trumpo at the opera, watch the newest Broadway musical “Covfefe.” That is equally hilarious and is put to many of the old (ancient) show tunes from Broadway prior(mostly)to the 1950s. It follows “The Barber. . .” on the same website.

  19. chrism
    Posted June 7, 2017 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    Wonderful! The only problem is the performance of Il Barbiere I go to will see me sniggering loudly, which is frowned upon in opera houses…

  20. Bob Barber
    Posted June 7, 2017 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Eclore! Encore!

  21. rickflick
    Posted June 7, 2017 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Here’s an amusing take on Covfefe by Randy Rainbow. He does it to Broadway themes:

    https://www.facebook.com/RandyRainbowOfficial/videos/vb.614736491961631/1090132547755354/?type=2&theater


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