COOPERSTOWN — Music outweighs the comedy in “Tenor Overboard,” the jukebox opera that debuted Tuesday afternoon at the Glimmerglass Festival. The balance between funny lines by Ken Ludwig and sweeping music by Rossini is just about right.
The action takes place on a cruise ship headed to Italy. Two young sisters pursue love despite all and along the way opera becomes the butt for plenty of jokes – and there are some good ones, too. When the second act begins with a performance of the Singing Sicilians, the ship’s captain promises a sampling of opera seria, opera buffa and opera ironica. He later announces an aria with about a dozen Italian words in the title, which translates to: “I’m so happy.”