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    Opera and Classical Music Limericks

    Apparently it's Limerick Day so here are some opera limericks I've nicked off the web. Feel free to add if you know any.

    Opera North
    There once was this boy, Nemorino,
    Who seemed nice, but hey, what do WE know?
    He fell for Adina,
    And in love's arena,
    He solved all his problems with vino!

    Anne Cowper
    Lucia di Lammermoor said
    My brother wants me to be wed
    But the man is his mate
    So if that is my fate
    I think I'd be better off dead

    Marccold
    There once was a tenor named Siegfried
    At the start, a nice sword was his chief need.
    He slaughtered a dragon,
    Wound up dead in a wagon -
    (What can I say - not a brief read)

    ENO
    There was a young lass called Aida
    Her love rival tried to mislead her
    So she felt honour bound
    To die underground
    With Egypt's hot military leader

    Wayne Crocker
    There was a young baritone from Maerdy
    Who'd often sing Falstaff in a cardy
    He'd wear it by day
    And people would say
    It gave him a look of Tom Hardy
    " … if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it."
    Roald Dahl

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    John Savournin
    There once was a man called Marcello,
    who was thought of as one top-draw fellow.
    He loved his Musetta (don’t know how he met ‘er),
    who favoured a posh limoncello
    " … if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it."
    Roald Dahl

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    Toby Deller
    There was a fellow named Grimes
    Accused of some terrible crimes
    The mood got so dark
    He said: stuff this for a lark
    And sailed off for sunnier climes
    " … if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it."
    Roald Dahl

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    Some I wrote a few years back:

    There once was a composer named Mahler
    Whose symphonies frequently did holler
    But the ninth one his fear
    Would bring his death near
    For he was a superstitious feller.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Beethoven, a composer of late,
    His hearing loss, a terrible fate.
    Yet the scores he wrote,
    Are perfect to the note,
    And thus his music so great.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The composer Beethoven was,
    A remarkable man because,
    His music was right,
    To hear day and night,
    For in it, there are no flaws.

    To hear his great sound,
    In the air all around,
    It fills you with joy,
    Every girl and boy,
    And lifts you off the ground.

    Oh yes! Let the music play,
    That is what they'll say,
    Come back for more,
    Every day, every hour,
    Because you like it that way.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    There was a man, Ludwig,
    Who was not all that big,
    But his tempi is fast,
    And his music so vast,
    That it cannot be surpassed.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Ludwig Beethoven, van,
    A musically brilliant man,
    To princes he said,
    Your nothing but bred,
    But Beethoven truely is von.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Beethoven was a curious fellow,
    Whose music was not always mellow.
    He grabbed fate by the throat,
    Rearranged it note for note,
    A triumphant sound did follow.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    There was a fine lady, Leonora,
    Who endured a most terrible hour.
    Her courage having arisen,
    She went into the prison,
    And triumphed over evil's power.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    There was a man named Cage
    Who thought he could gauge
    a piece he thinks he wrote
    without even a musical note
    as having some space
    but in truth was a waste

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    There once was a slacker named Cage
    Who just couldn't earn an honest wage
    And though quite aimless
    He became very famous
    And now is forever on history's page.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Couldn't help making up a new one, but it is weak:

    There was a fellow named Bocelli
    who to sing, had a fire in his belly
    so opera he tried
    but the fans nearly died
    For it turned out to be quite silly.
    Since that night at the Polka, I don't understand you, Sheriff.
    --Ashby, La Fanciulla del West

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Some I wrote a few years back:

    There once was a composer named Mahler
    Whose symphonies frequently did holler
    But the ninth one his fear
    Would bring his death near
    For he was a superstitious feller.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Beethoven, a composer of late,
    His hearing loss, a terrible fate.
    Yet the scores he wrote,
    Are perfect to the note,
    And thus his music so great.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The composer Beethoven was,
    A remarkable man because,
    His music was right,
    To hear day and night,
    For in it, there are no flaws.

    To hear his great sound,
    In the air all around,
    It fills you with joy,
    Every girl and boy,
    And lifts you off the ground.

    Oh yes! Let the music play,
    That is what they'll say,
    Come back for more,
    Every day, every hour,
    Because you like it that way.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    There was a man, Ludwig,
    Who was not all that big,
    But his tempi is fast,
    And his music so vast,
    That it cannot be surpassed.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Ludwig Beethoven, van,
    A musically brilliant man,
    To princes he said,
    Your nothing but bred,
    But Beethoven truely is von.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Beethoven was a curious fellow,
    Whose music was not always mellow.
    He grabbed fate by the throat,
    Rearranged it note for note,
    A triumphant sound did follow.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    There was a fine lady, Leonora,
    Who endured a most terrible hour.
    Her courage having arisen,
    She went into the prison,
    And triumphed over evil's power.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    There was a man named Cage
    Who thought he could gauge
    a piece he thinks he wrote
    without even a musical note
    as having some space
    but in truth was a waste

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    There once was a slacker named Cage
    Who just couldn't earn an honest wage
    And though quite aimless
    He became very famous
    And now is forever on history's page.
    They're really good!

    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Couldn't help making up a new one, but it is weak:

    There was a fellow named Bocelli
    who to sing, had a fire in his belly
    so opera he tried
    but the fans nearly died
    For it turned out to be quite silly.
    " … if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it."
    Roald Dahl

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    Had to get in on the act.

    Poor Minnie’s love life was really quite thorny.
    Sheriff Rance was annoyingly horny.
    And dear Dick wasn’t flawless,
    but had been much too lawless.
    So the two had to leave Californey.

    My Elvino’s behaving too badly
    Amina confessed very sadly.
    He’s being blockheaded
    And won’t let us be wedded.
    Don’t know why I should love him so madly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Had to get in on the act.

    Poor Minnie’s love life was really quite thorny.
    Sheriff Rance was annoyingly horny.
    And dear Dick wasn’t flawless,
    but had been much too lawless.
    So the two had to leave Californey.

    My Elvino’s behaving too badly
    Amina confessed very sadly.
    He’s being blockheaded
    And won’t let us be wedded.
    Don’t know why I should love him so madly.


    Haha! Excellent!
    " … if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it."
    Roald Dahl

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Had to get in on the act.

    Poor Minnie’s love life was really quite thorny.
    Sheriff Rance was annoyingly horny.
    And dear Dick wasn’t flawless,
    but had been much too lawless.
    So the two had to leave Californey.

    My Elvino’s behaving too badly
    Amina confessed very sadly.
    He’s being blockheaded
    And won’t let us be wedded.
    Don’t know why I should love him so madly.
    I like it. And two of my favorite operas!
    Since that night at the Polka, I don't understand you, Sheriff.
    --Ashby, La Fanciulla del West

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    Geez, I can't stop myself . . .

    Princess Salome was very naughty,
    lusting after Jochanaan's body.
    She was such a horror
    the Baptist deplored her,
    but Step-dad thought she was a hottie.

    And now I promise I'll quit!!

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    Mary, who was an exiled Queen
    Of her sister had turned quite green
    She took Lizzy's beau,
    Tried for the kingdom also,
    And it cause a most terrible scene.

    Now Lizzy, a queen quite gutsy,
    Told Mary, you are rather slutsy.
    So Mary bitched out Lizzy,
    Which put Lizzy in a tizzy,
    And a beheading is what Mary got!

    AN EARLIER ITERATION OF IT WAS THIS:

    Mary, the Queen of Scots,
    had a kingdom that was not.
    She told off her sister,
    whose pride did fester,
    a beheading is what Mary got!
    Since that night at the Polka, I don't understand you, Sheriff.
    --Ashby, La Fanciulla del West

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    Had some friends over this weekend to watch Der Rosenkavalier. So here goes . . .

    Poor Sophie faced love on the rocks
    when required to wed Baron Ochs.
    But Octavian came along
    and joined in her song,
    and together the old boor they outfoxed.
    Last edited by Amfortas; May 14th, 2018 at 05:07 PM.

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    There was a poor jester from Mantover
    Who kept his young daughter a prisoner
    One day she rebelled
    For a young Duke she loved
    But ended up dead in a sack by the river
    " … if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it."
    Roald Dahl

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    NEVER STOP! (We might need a new thread )

    There once was a boy – Nemorino –
    Who had trouble courting Adina.
    So he got an elixir,
    It didn’t quite fix her,
    It turned out to be only vino.

    There once was a man named Eugene,
    Who snubbed a nice girl in her teens.
    To all he was cruel,
    So he got in a duel.
    At least her new man isn’t so mean.

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    There was a young man named Fritz
    Who thought marriage a terrible fit.
    But so pleasant was Suzel,
    That his willpower fell,
    And his passion was thoroughly lit.
    Since that night at the Polka, I don't understand you, Sheriff.
    --Ashby, La Fanciulla del West

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    Lol, didn't realize I had plagiarized my L'elisir limerick, but now that they're on the same page AT MY REQUEST....

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