COOPERSTOWN — Music trumps comedy in “Tenor Overboard,” the jukebox opera that debuted Tuesday afternoon at the Glimmerglass Festival. The balance between Ken Ludwig’s fun lines and Rossini’s driving music is about right.
The action takes place on a cruise ship heading for Italy. Two young sisters pursue love regardless and along the way, the opera becomes the butt of many a joke – and there are some good ones too. When the second act opens with a performance of the Singing Sicilians, the ship’s captain promises a sample of opera seria, opera buffa, and ironic opera. He later announces an aria with a dozen Italian words in the title, which translates to, “I’m so happy.”