I know, I know, it’s more Purcell. Anyone would think I had no imagination at all. But the thing with Purcell is that if you are looking for gorgeous church music, there he is, writing it. If you are looking for delicate, beautiful artsong, there’s Purcell again, writing that, too. If you are looking for opera, or drunken rounds with impeccable music, he’s your man.
So it’s hardly a surprise that when you are in search of hilariously funny opera – in English, too, which does give us more scope, don’t you think? – Purcell is one of the names that comes up.
Incidentally, if you are watching this at work, you may want to switch it off as soon as the initial aria is finished. The aria itself is mildly naughty, but the naughtiness is largely from the words. What happens after the aria is probably not something you want the boss watching over your shoulder. (There’s no nudity, but it is still decidedly not safe for work)