Skip to comments.'The Twitter Opera': new Royal Opera House production in 'tweets' (you can participate)
Posted on 08/10/2009 6:54:17 PM PDT by Shermy
"The Twitter Opera" will join 140-character Twitter messages into a libretto set to familiar opera tunes and new music by composer Helen Porter.
The two singers, an experienced baritone and a soprano both in their mid 30s, will be announced next week.
The Royal Opera House is inviting contributions to the plot on its #youropera Twitter page. Contributions are being published on the Royal Opera House blog.
The story begins: "One morning, very early, a man and a woman were standing, arm-in-arm, in Londons Covent Garden. The man turned to the woman and he sang "
Act One, Scene One has been finished after 40 "tweets". The blog summarises its ending as follows: "William is languishing in a tower, having been kidnapped by a group of birds who are anxious for revenge after he has killed one of their number.
"Hans has promised to rescue him. The Woman With No Name is off to her biochemistry laboratory to make a potion to let people speak to the birds."
The Royal Opera House is appealing for suggestions for an opening for Act One, Scene Two. This follows a stall in contributions after confusions about the plot.
Jeremy Pound, the BBC Music Magazine's deputy editor, thinks the exercise "was an accident waiting to happen".
"Whenever there is a new fad you know somebody in the art world is going to grab hold of it by the horns," he tells the London Evening Standard.
Extracts of the opera will be performed in an informal setting around a piano in the Paul Hamlyn Hall as part of the Deloitte Ignite Festival from September 4-6. Laptops for "tweeting" will be available during the event to aid the creative process.
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or tweeting him, or whatever.
What would it take to get the singers to double up with laughter?
I’d like 2 box-tweets.
"Be not a borrower, nor a lender be. Do not forget, stay out of debt."
LOL! Good ole Harold Heckubah.
It ain’t over till the fat lady tweets.