->‘‘Opera for dummies, by dummies.’’

Essentially TheAbridgedSeries for {{opera}} in written form, [[http://smooth-operators.deviantart.com Smooth Operators]] parodies gently poke fun at both specific operas and operatic tropes in general.

The Smooth Operators team have so far abridged:

* ''[[http://inverted-jabberwocky.deviantart.com/art/Cosi-fan-tutte-parody-act-1-214690207 Così fan tutte]]''
* ''[[http://inverted-jabberwocky.deviantart.com/art/Figaro-parody-act-1-269777889 The Marriage of Figaro]]''

!!This series provide examples of:


[[folder:General tropes]]
* AnachronismStew: Frequently lampshaded.
* AnAesop[=/=]SpoofAesop
* AuthorAvatar: The series’ four creators appear as characters in their own right.
* TheCameo: WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse appears as a “[[StickyFingers collections agent for Euro Disney]]”, as well as a mortician [[spoiler: and healer]].
* EitherOrTitle: Each opera has multiple alternate titles that change with each act. Sometimes veers into ShortTitleLongElaborateSubtitle.
* FanCharacter: Each opera features at least one fan-created character.
* FramingDevice: Each parody begins with the Smooth Operators team attending the opera.
* PlotInducedStupidity: Whenever a character is hit by the [[IdiotBall Opera Character Intelligence-Sapping Ray]].
* PortmanteauSeriesNickname: “Smoperators”.
* PunnyName: Smooth '''Opera'''tors.
* TradeSnark: Each time the Opera Character Intelligence-Sapping Ray is mentioned.

[[folder:Così fan tutte]]
->“[[TabletopGame/{{Clue}} The maid in the chapel with the revolver.]] Goodness, I think Lorenzo da Ponte would be most surprised to discover he’d written ''that''.”

* {{Angrish}}: Ferrando [[spoiler: after it's revealed Guglielmo slept with his fiance.]]
** Similarily, Guglielmo [[spoiler: after Ferrando reveals he's done the same with ''his'' fiance.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Don Alfonso]].
* BetaCouple: Despina [[spoiler: and Fig]].
* CanonForeigner: It’s revealed that [[spoiler: Fig is the very same Figaro from the Beaumarchais plays (and related operas)]].
** This is (unwittingly) {{lampshaded}} fairly early on:
--> '''Inverted-Jabberwocky:''' A guy whose name is [[spoiler: only a few letters away from being “Figaro” ''and'' who used to be a barber is flirting with a snarky maid]] . . . we haven’t accidentally wandered into [[Theatre/TheMarriageOfFigaro the wrong opera]], have we?
* ChewingTheScenery: Done quite literally by Despina early in the second act.
* FanCharacter: Fig the waiter, Marlena the maid and Ciliegia, Dorabella and Fiordiligi’s [[BigFriendlyDog pet dog]].
* FunetikAksent: Despina, when disguised as a doctor.
* FunWithAcronyms: '''O'''rder for the '''P'''rotection of '''E'''arnest '''R'''ock '''A'''ppreciators.
* GratuitousGerman: Despina, as the doctor.
* IncrediblyLamePun: “I can’t carry a tune to save my life – not even one that has handles . . . oh, what a shame this is ''Così fan tutte'' and not ''Xerxes'' – then I could’ve said something like, “not even one that has Handels”!”
* LadyLooksLikeADude: Smoperators team members [=WitchChao=] and [=NatureTheZafara=] express confusion regarding Marlena’s gender when she first appears.
* ManipulativeBastard: Don Alfonso, by his own admission.
* ShoutOut: Multiple, but among the most notable:
** “The phoenix ''does'' exist – where else would we get [[Franchise/FinalFantasy Phoenix Down]] from?”
** “[[Theatre/{{Rigoletto}} They are as fickle as a feather in the breeze!]]”
** Ciliegia’s [[BilingualBonus name]] is a shout out to ''Manga/LuckyStar''.
** Fiordiligi and Dorabella seem to be involved with the [[VideoGame/RuleofRose Red Crayon Aristocracy]].
** ''[[Disney/{{Mulan}} Mulan]]'':
--> '''Fiordiligi:''' After acquiring all the necessary accoutrements, I must be sure to cut my hair, rename myself “Ping” and then . . . where does one even ''find'' a dragon? Is there a store?
* StrawFeminist: Marlena has shades of this.
* TitleDrop: Despina supplies (and lampshades) a fairly liberal translation: “They’re ''all'' like that . . . hey, that’s a good title for an opera!”
* ThemeNaming: Fiordiligi – whose name literally translates as “loyal flower” – is given a series of flower-related nicknames by Ferrando.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Despina, when disguised as the doctor.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Fiordiligi, according to Dorabella.

[[folder:The Marriage of Figaro]]
-> '''Susanna: ''' Madame, [[AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering could you be thinking what I’m thinking?]]
-> '''The Countess:''' I think so, but really, why should it matter whether Idamante is played by a [[TenorBoy tenor]] or a [[CrosscastRole mezzo-soprano]]?

* ADateWithRosiePalms: Antonio thinks Bartolo is spying on Susanna and Marcellina for this reason.
** Cherubino also mentions it in the fourth act by way of a [[IncrediblyLamePun rather painful pun]].
* BilingualBonus: Cherubino’s [[GratuitousItalian song]] to the Countess.
* CallingYourAttacks: Susanna. It later helps Figaro recognise her when she is in disguise.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The Countess borders on this, often lapsing into non sequitur and frequently getting distracted by her own trains of thought when speaking.
* ColourfulThemeNaming: The names of the village girls are variations on different shades of red.
* [[DirtyOldMan Dirty,]] [[SnoopingLittleKid Snooping Old Man]]: Doctor Bartolo.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Cherubino, according to the audience:
--> “Between that voice and those hips, “he’s” not fooling anyone.”
* EarlyBirdCameo: Monsieur Fal, from the third story in the ''Figaro'' trilogy, appears briefly in the third act.
* FanCharacter: Bavón, the baker’s apprentice.
* {{Fanservice}}: Barbarina claims disguising Cherubino as a girl serves only “to appease the silly [[YuriFan audience members]] who like this [[YuriGenre ‘yoo-ree’ stuff]]”.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Cherubino certainly seems to think so:
-->“Sometimes I dream about Godmamma, and sometimes about Barbarina, and sometimes about [Susanna] too! And sometimes, I dream about the three of you ''together''!”
* GirlyRun: Susanna instructs Cherubino how to do this when disguising him as a girl.
* HormoneAddledTeenager: Cherubino; possibly Bavón.
* IWantGrandkids: Antonio becomes like this after learning Barbarina intends to marry Cherubino.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Bavón for Cherubino, whom he [[IncompatibleOrientation mistakenly believes will reciprocate]]; Cherubino promptly [[IncrediblyLamePun sets him straight]].
* MediumAwareness: Several characters appear to possess this, most notably the Countess.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: Bavón attempts to poison Barbarina after Cherubino agrees to marry her]].
* AllPeriodsArePMS: Used as part of the Countess’ plot to fool her husband:
-->'''Susanna:''' Sir, someone in the kitchen told me you had some chocolate . . . I wondered if I might be able to have it.\\
'''The Count:''' Chocolate? At this hour? Whatever for?\\
'''Susanna:''' It’s for her ladyship – she’s become rather… emotional. It’s quite distressing, actually – when I asked her if she was feeling all right, she screamed that she hated me and threw a chair at my head.\\
'''The Count:''' Wretched woman! She does this every month!
* [[ShoutOut Shout-Out]]:
** ''Theatre/TheGondoliers'' by Creator/GilbertAndSullivan:
-->''"Right, and I’m the king of Barataria!"''
** "[[SuckMyRose Suck my]] [[Theatre/DerRosenkavalier Rosenkavalier]]!"
** Figaro is [[Film/MirrorMask a very important man – he has a tower]].
** "We should turn that into a song, the kind that [[Film/TheShawshankRedemption someone in prison would lock himself into the superintendent’s office to play to the other inmates]]!"
** Some of the alternate names suggested for Cherubino include:
*** [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Bridget]] (specifically referencing the “UnsettlingGenderReveal” trope)
*** Serafimo, from the fictional opera ''[[ThePhantomOfTheOpera Il muto]]'', itself a parody of ''The Marriage of Figaro''.
*** Mariandel, a reference to Octavian from ''Theatre/DerRosenkavalier''.
** The contents of Barbarina’s picnic basket are the same as [[Literature/TheWindInTheWillows Ratty’s]].
** “The signal will be . . . ‘[[WesternAnimation/{{SuperTed}} pulsating prunes]]’!”
* SafeWord: Figaro and Susanna’s is “Portugal”.
* TalksLikeASimile: [=WitchChao=]: “Our situation seems to be stickier than a melted caramel chew on a warm gingersnap . . . ”
* UnusualEuphemism: “Show you my snail collection” ultimately becomes this.
* [[VictoriasSecretCompartment Victoria’s Secret Compartment]]: The Countess stores pens and leaves of parchment down the front of her bodice.
* WaxingLyrical: With ''Loch Lomond'', ''[[Music/{{Queen}} Bohemian Rhapsody]]'' and ''Oh! Susanna''.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Smoperators team member [=SuperMimbles360=] may be a budding example of this, expressing a desire to wear a kodona outfit instead of the dress she’s in.
* {{Yandere}}: Bavón.
* YaoiFangirl: At least three of the village girls ship Bavón/Cherubino.