"Viva La Mamma," a comic opera in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti.
What could be funnier than an opera about an opera with more than one leading lady fighting for the spotlight? Set in the late 50’s, we find an Italian opera company desperately trying to mount a new production, while hurdling all the traditional conventions and stereotypes about singers of the Golden Age of Opera.
When the larger-than-life mother of the seconda donna, Mamma Agatha (a baritone), storms onto the scene demanding preferences for her daughter, the company loses half its cast. Just as the production threatens to become a fiasco, Mamma saves the day by financing the show just as the director learns that his original backers have abandoned the project.
She doesn't have any weapons, just her mouth.
Sung in English, this is “Dance Moms” and “Toddlers & Tiaras” hilariously spun out of control.