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Opera Being Composed On Twitter

ScuttleMonkey posted about 5 years ago | from the how-to-jump-the-shark dept.

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musefrog writes "The BBC is reporting that the UK's Royal Opera House is to stage an opera created through social networking site Twitter. 'Members of the public have been invited to submit their 'tweets' online — messages of up to 140 characters — which will form the new libretto.The first scene of the as-yet-untitled work has already been completed and features a man who has been kidnapped by a group of birds. Excerpts will be performed at the Royal Opera House in September.' I'm personally looking forward to lots of idiotic net memes and inane emo ramblings being trilled out by aging sopranos."

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I'm looking forward to... (5, Funny)

jeffb (2.718) (1189693) | about 5 years ago | (#29014919)

...watching it in Opera.

Re:I'm looking forward to... (4, Funny)

megamerican (1073936) | about 5 years ago | (#29015087)

Remember: It's not over until the fat lady sings.... er, 140 character limit is reached.

Re:I'm looking forward to... (1)

greenguy (162630) | about 5 years ago | (#29015525)

It's not writing the libretto that's the hard part for 140 characters.

It's building the sets.

Re:I'm looking forward to... (1)

f0dder (570496) | about 5 years ago | (#29015657)

... or the fat whale starts flying.

Libretto: (2, Funny)

Philip K Dickhead (906971) | about 5 years ago | (#29015959)

No, but, yeah, but, no, but, yeah, but, no, but, yeah but I know because I'm not. They don't scare me! Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got, I'm just Vicky Pollard from round the corner from the block. V to the P to the Icky to the Ollard. Oh, my God! That is so unfair! This is like, well, sexual harassment! If you like, fancy me why don't you just say so? God, this is exactly like the time Miss Rennig, who everyone knows is a total lesbian, made Candice Burton stay behind after PE, started telling her off for gobbing on Sunita Geschwani's hair. But everyone knows she only made her stay late because she wanted to get off with her, cuz when she was telling her off her legs were wide open and Candice reckons she could see her spider. No, but yeah, but no, because if you don't let me in then Blazin' Squad are well, gonna give you beatings because I've actually already met them already anyway, actually, down at the Radio 1 Roadshow at Weston Super-Mare! You remember, it was the time I got fingered by Chris Moyles and Hayley Evers reckons she saw Jo Whiley taking a dump in the sea. But, anyway I have met Blazin' Squad and they said I should definitely come backstage and see 'em and do 'em, and anyway I do know them already because I'm their cousin. And if Rowan Gordon says I'm not then don't listen to him because everyone knows he's mental because he once shoved his knob through Miss Mayal's letterbox. No, but, yeah, but, no, but, yeah, but, no, but, yeah but I know because I'm not wasting police time because you know Micha? Well, she saw the whole thing, right, because she was bunking off school because she was gonna go down the wimbley and get off with Luke Griffiths, only she never because he's been trying to grow a moustache but it just looks like pubes, so she got off with Luke Torbet instead, only don't tell Bethany that because she's fancied Luke Torbet ever since she flashed her fanny at him during Home Ec'.

Re:I'm looking forward to... (2, Funny)

thePsychologist (1062886) | about 5 years ago | (#29016309)

I cast thee out onto the darkest sea
so that I can be free of you and no more be
a man stricken with pain and gloom
And be immune from horr

Twitter is a buzzword (1)

mcrbids (148650) | about 5 years ago | (#29016459)

Seriously - what is it about Twitter? It's a text message rebroadcast. (oh joy!) Why would we want to make up ridiculous services on Twitter?

Coming soon:

GCC compiler - twitter edition!

MS Word for Twitter!

Active Directory - Twitter edition!

How to publish ASCII porn through Twitter, LINE BY LINE!?!?!

Wikipedia was an interesting experiment - a broad-scale collaboration using a simple collaboration tool. Obviously it was a good idea. But in a few years, how many of these Twitter-isms are we going to remember as face-palms of buzzword idiocy? /Methinks society is due for a twitter-ectomy.

Re:Twitter is a buzzword (1)

zeromorph (1009305) | about 5 years ago | (#29022059)

Hey, relax! The twitter hype will pass and people will see it as what it is. It's like the 90s .com-hype - a lot of bullshit is thrown around, but it will pass, some things will stay, because they solve problems or enhance something, most will pass.

For myself, I can't see what is it about Twitter, doesn't do anything with me, maybe I'm to old or to whatever. Nearly none of my friends really uses it. But then, for a lot of people it seems to be the current thing, so what.

You and me, we poor souls are still clinging to /. - after all the years and all the bullshit here, that's pretty pathetic, too. (BTW I'm not as new as my number suggests.)

Re:Twitter is a buzzword (1)

netsharc (195805) | about 5 years ago | (#29023791)

Yeah, a few years ago everybody wanted to be in Second Life, it was "Web 3.0", some IBM-people were saying it's the new place to do business, etc.

Gee, whatever happened to that?

Meanwhile, the German Post is now on Facebook and Twitter. What do they tweet about? "Beware of phishers", feh, how interesting.

Re:Twitter is a buzzword (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29022655)

Twitter's usefulness is that it is a (free (to use)) SMS broadcaster with a decent API and no advertising. Add in the control of electing whose SMS messages to receive and who receives your SMS broadcasts and you've got a pretty usable project. Even without the 'followers' functionality there remains a decent amount of extensibility, especially for those of us who have shoddy WAP browsers on our phones and unlimited SMS plans. I can write an application that interfaces with their API against my user account and searches for certain tags, then carries out actions based on those tags. That's significantly faster to set up than the same sort of functionality using Exim pipes.

Granted, using it for things like composing operas is more than a little strange; but Twitter itself can be a very handy service.

Anyone remember (1)

mathfeel (937008) | about 5 years ago | (#29016617)

Last time performance work was attempted collaboratively on the internet?

"Snake on the plane"

Re:I'm looking forward to... (1)

Vu1turEMaN (1270774) | about 5 years ago | (#29015753)

Yo Dawg....

Re:I'm looking forward to... (1)

darthdavid (835069) | about 5 years ago | (#29017747)

I heard you like retards so we put twitter in your twitter so you can read stupid crap while you read stupid crap!

I see a little silhoutette of a man (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29014923)

I see a little silhoutette of a man

Re:I see a little silhoutette of a man (1)

tom17 (659054) | about 5 years ago | (#29015027)

carrot soup carrot soup will you do the man banjo

Re:I see a little silhoutette of a man (1, Insightful)

gnick (1211984) | about 5 years ago | (#29015629)

I for one welcome the opera made by Twits,
It's over 9000 (if you're counting gits).
4chan memes and lolcats,
Kevin Smith and Mallrats,
Say it isn't...
Say it isn't...
Someone say it isn't so...
No, no, no, no, no, no, no!

Re:I see a little silhoutette of a man (1)

Adm.Wiggin (759767) | about 5 years ago | (#29016313)

How fitting.

Twit: A British slang word for an insignificant, foolish or annoying person.
Source: []

Re:I see a little silhoutette of a man (4, Funny)

natehoy (1608657) | about 5 years ago | (#29015855)

scaramouche, scaramouche, I cn haz fandango?

Re:I see a little silhoutette of a man (4, Funny)

Verdatum (1257828) | about 5 years ago | (#29016121)

Thundarbult of litening, ceiling cat is fritening me!

Re:I see a little silhoutette of a man (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29025891)

Gal I lay, oh, Gal I lay, oh,
Gal I lay, oh, Fig her, ohh, my knee, fuck, ohhh...

All Of Your Base Belong To The Fat Lady (2, Funny)

MichaelCrawford (610140) | about 5 years ago | (#29014931)

Make Your Aria.

Re:All Of Your Base Belong To The Fat Lady (1)

LordEd (840443) | about 5 years ago | (#29016115)

Ahahahahaha! Ahahahaha! Aahahaha!
Yrs sincerely
The Opera Ghost

Aging sopranos (1)

wiredlogic (135348) | about 5 years ago | (#29014949)

You never know. They might get a hottie like Netrebko to do a performance.

Uh huh (0, Redundant)

Mikkeles (698461) | about 5 years ago | (#29014957)

This is stupid.

Re:Uh huh (1)

causality (777677) | about 5 years ago | (#29015243)

This is stupid.

I'll be glad when Twitter is no longer trendy. On the plus side, the Slashdot troll named "twitter" is awfully quiet lately so maybe it's a GOOD thing that insignificant shit that's been done many times before makes headlines when it's done via their site.

Re:Uh huh (1)

nigelo (30096) | about 5 years ago | (#29015745)

Why is this in the Technology section, and not the garbage, er, Idle section?

Actually, I'd like twit-related stories in an opt-in twit section.

And get off my lawn!

Oh I can see it now (1)

TofuMatt (1105351) | about 5 years ago | (#29014975)

Oh @Maria! I #love you more than you will ever know! Together we shall live, watching kings come and go! (cont'd at [] )

reviews (5, Funny)

NickyGotz22 (1427691) | about 5 years ago | (#29014981)

The positive reviews for this will total 140 characters or less

Re:reviews (1)

Tripledub (951046) | about 5 years ago | (#29015309)

All rview wll lk like ths!

Re:reviews (1)

ausekilis (1513635) | about 5 years ago | (#29015587)

Here's a couple about twitter: here [] and here [] .

Re:reviews (3, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | about 5 years ago | (#29015977)

Positive review:
@twitlolcat: LOL! THEY CAN HAZ 4 CHZBURGS!!!

Negative review:

@joelsiegcat: DO NOT WANT!!! K THX BYE!

Critic's review (1, Funny)

Em Emalb (452530) | about 5 years ago | (#29015033)

@twitopera: Full of fail. It is a pile of excrement and it stinketh to high heaven. FAIL. LUDICROUS FAIL.

Re:Critic's review (4, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | about 5 years ago | (#29015093)

@twitopera: Full of fail. It is a pile of excrement and it stinketh to high heaven.

From a promotional press release: "@twitopera says new opera promotes growth and awakens the senses."

And if you don't believe that they'd do that, consider how movie reviewers' words are frequently twisted in advertising (e.g. "Pretty good if you like getting kicked in the head" becomes "Pretty good")

Re:Critic's review (1)

Em Emalb (452530) | about 5 years ago | (#29015323)

What we see:"It was fantastic!"--Joel Johnson, Cool Water Creek Semi-Yearly Sentinel

What they really wrote: "If you like being gored by an angry bull while a swarm of yellow jackets play tether-ball with your testicles, you'll love this Twitpera, for you, masochist, it was fantastic!"

Re:Critic's review (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29015831)

@twitopera: Full of fail. It is a pile of excrement and it stinketh to high heaven. FAIL. LUDICROUS FAIL.

I also expect it to be terrible, featuring weak wordplay, annoying online memes, childish parodies of Shakespearean English, and ending with meaningless shouting. Wait, was that your point?

Re:Critic's review (1)

Em Emalb (452530) | about 5 years ago | (#29016393)

*shakes fist*

Oh, I'll get you, anonymous coward! I'll get you some day!

Well... (4, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | about 5 years ago | (#29015039)

Well, they could have done worse, they could have used YouTube comments.

Re:Well... (2, Interesting)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | about 5 years ago | (#29015213)

How is that worse? The mediocrity that is Twitter will only produce mediocre opera.

YouTube comments, much like Sarah Palin's speeches, have the capacity to be truly inspiring in the hands of the right performer. []

Re:Well... (1)

dotgain (630123) | about 5 years ago | (#29015623)

GP meant comments on the videos, where a maximum of 50 IQ applies to posting.

Re:Well... (1)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | about 5 years ago | (#29016291)

Yes, I'm fairly sure I understood him correctly. I was comparing Palin's speeches to YouTube comments, and noting that Shatner's reading of them was hilarious.

However, taking a merely mediocre speech and making anything interesting out of it would be much more difficult.

Well isn't this just great? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29015073)

A fusion of two of the most annoying things on the planet.

CATcerto (3, Interesting)

truthsearch (249536) | about 5 years ago | (#29015075)

This story reminded me of this [] .

Re:CATcerto (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29015173)

On a relevant note, the Twitter opera reminds me of A Million Penguins [] , a wiki-based project in which anyone could contribute to the aptly-titled book. It occurred over the span of a few months, and as expected, it was a pretty dismal failure literature-wise (a fascinating experiment, nonetheless).

Vandalism was one of the reasons why "A Million Penguins" didn't do well, so maybe this Twitter opera will work better with good moderation.

Both are reflections on the 1% Rule [] , it seems...

Kidnapped by birds... (1)

ijuggernaut (1604961) | about 5 years ago | (#29015085)

.. and then the man starts 'tweeting' as a result of the Stockholm Syndrome? []

Something I will never watch... (0)

No-Cool-Nickname (1287972) | about 5 years ago | (#29015095)

...about something I will never use.

non-news formula: X on Twitter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29015113)

Jeesh, stop spreading this lame hype. Maybe politics on twitter was news, barely. Now opera on twitter? What's next, water ski jumping while writing the next Jaws over Twitter?

Re:non-news formula: X on Twitter (1)

SilverHatHacker (1381259) | about 5 years ago | (#29015237)

Now that would be interesting...much better, no doubt, than an opera. Anyhow, look at it like this: if they don't report this kind of stuff, Slashdot will sometimes go for days at a time without headlines. Without new headlines, people won't read it as often. If no-one reads it, the advertising money will dry up. And if the advertising money dries up, the friendly staff won't be able to afford to keep the site going.
So you see, if it wasn't for this Twit opera, Slashdot would die.

It's official: I'm an old fogey (4, Insightful)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about 5 years ago | (#29015201)

I just don't get Twitter. I'd rather read about my dad picking lint out of his bellybutton than sign up for an account; which from what I've seen is about the same thing.

Re:It's official: I'm an old fogey (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | about 5 years ago | (#29015505)

Just because something is popular doesn't mean it's good. It just means it's popular.

Re:It's official: I'm an old fogey (1)

TheCowSaysMooNotBoo (997535) | about 5 years ago | (#29016807)

Just because it's popular doesn't mean it's bad. It's just easier to make snide remarks about it and score positive karma.

Please note that I don't say it's not justified.

twitter can solve that problem! (1)

commodoresloat (172735) | about 5 years ago | (#29017429)

you just need to find the appropriate hashtag, like #fatherspickinglint, and you'll find a bunch of related posts.

Re:It's official: I'm an old fogey (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29023067)

If ten million people do a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.....

Not just Boring, but Stupid Boring (3, Funny)

Anonymusing (1450747) | about 5 years ago | (#29015209)

"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."

This will only be surpassed when Uwe Boll makes a movie based on MySpace.

Re:Not just Boring, but Stupid Boring (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | about 5 years ago | (#29015511)

With Keanu Reeves as a facial expression coach, and voice synced by Arnold Schwarzenegger -- Poland style*?

(* In Poland, a single person reads all parts of the performance, both male and female, straight over the full original soundtrack.)

Polish dubbing (1)

musefrog (1471169) | about 5 years ago | (#29021567)

To be fair, I live with a Polish family, and it seems Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks get their Polish dubs done properly - I was really impressed at the quality of the voice-acting on The Incredibles, Beauty and the Beast, and Shrek 2.

please don't give that man any ideas (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 5 years ago | (#29015721)

you say it like this is some sort of stretch of the imagination, uwe boll making a myspace movie

david fincher of all people, he of fightclub and seven fame, is actually making a movie based on facebook: []

i cannot believe fincher is doing this. my esteem for the man just went into the toilet. the whole idea seems like such a narcissistic absurdity. just the effort of trying to imagine the kind of person a facebook movie would appeal to fills me with nausea

Re:please don't give that man any ideas (1)

Anonymusing (1450747) | about 5 years ago | (#29017387)

Maybe it was a mercy kill... you know, they told Fincher "If you don't do it, we've got Boll lined up already" and Fincher was like, "Oh man, don't do that to the world, please."


Re:please don't give that man any ideas (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | about 5 years ago | (#29019211)

Actually, it would appeal to me, as it seems to be about the people behind Facebook, and not Facebook itself. That puts it in the same category as, say, Pirates of Silicon Valley and Antitrust, for what that's worth.

Re:Not just Boring, but Stupid Boring (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29016197)


Contemporary Opera has become a caricature of Opera. Boring plots, horrible music, senseless, warbling dialog.

Puccini, Wagner, Et. Al. are laughing their asses off at what passes for Opera these days.

You want to listen to something especially stupid? Try Dr. Atomic.

Swallow? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29015301)

The birds wouldn't, by chance, be swallows of some sort? Did they run African SwallOS (TM) or European SwallOS (TM)? Were husky coconuts or rabid rabbits involved?
That's all. Off you go, then.

I guess (2, Funny)

Presto Vivace (882157) | about 5 years ago | (#29015335)

it will be a light opera :)

uh aging Sopranos... obvious but had to do it (1)

sbeckstead (555647) | about 5 years ago | (#29015361)

Well, I suppose Tony could sing, but I bet the rest of them would do better.

Wait until 4chan hear about this.... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29015393)

First words spoken: "Do you like mudkipz?"

Fantastic (1)

bytesex (112972) | about 5 years ago | (#29015447)

Twitter. Is there /anything/ it can't do ?

Re:Fantastic (4, Insightful)

SCHecklerX (229973) | about 5 years ago | (#29015637)

Is there anything it *can*?

Re:Fantastic (5, Insightful)

bertoelcon (1557907) | about 5 years ago | (#29015757)

Is there anything it *can*?

It can be annoying.

Re:Fantastic (1)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | about 5 years ago | (#29015763)

Break a Iranian stranglehold on information to show the world what's going on?

Scare the Russians enough to target ONE GUY'S account?

Let everyone know Gabe is taking a dump?

Twitter really is for old people. (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | about 5 years ago | (#29015459)

And it is the only service, that pretty much started that way.

I have yet to see teens use it. While it seems to be the big craze for midlife-crisis men. ;)

I hope that means it dies faster. ^^

Re:Twitter really is for old people. (1)

owlnation (858981) | about 5 years ago | (#29016251)

I have yet to see teens use it. While it seems to be the big craze for midlife-crisis men. ;)

I've never seen anyone use it. I hear about it all he time in the media, but no-one, no-one at all I know, or have heard of, has ever used it. But then I don't know many old people, perhaps that explains it.

As Much Swearing as Jerry Springer: The Opera? (1)

eldavojohn (898314) | about 5 years ago | (#29015477)

Reminds me of Jerry Springer: The Opera which was criticised for its liberal usage of obscene language [] it was actually quite entertaining [] . Twitter may reflect average intelligence in an embarrassing way but that should provide some amount of entertainment. Can you blame them for trying something new with an old "dead" art form that men comically dread being dragged to? At least give them credit for experimentation and trying new things. You know opera used to be about debauchery and shocking deaths and emotion ... I guess they're just updating those things to the new heights we sometimes experience them as in modern times.

Context (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | about 5 years ago | (#29015493)

They're composing a new browser from Norway via Twitter that will form a new Toshiba subnotebook?

can it really do that?? (1)

amoeba1911 (978485) | about 5 years ago | (#29015593)

... I thought twitter was only for reading up about what Ashton Kutcher is doing right this very second. OOOoH He's taking a dump, what a delight to know!

Worst. Idea. Ever. (1)

ajlisows (768780) | about 5 years ago | (#29015689)

While I do like the idea of Fine Arts trying to be innovative instead of just replaying past performances that have been successful this is a little ridiculous. I'm guessing this is a publicity stunt of sorts...."There are a lot of people talking about Twitter these days but not so many people talking about the Opera. Let's make an Opera based on Twitter. People will talk about it then!" instead of a being a genuinely interesting idea. It seems too much like the Opera conceding that people would rather sit around and write/read really short and inane posts than attend a lengthy artistic story.

As a side note, the heavy exposure that Twitter is getting makes me want to punch myself in the face repeatedly. I explored the world of Twitter for a couple of hours a while back to see what the buzz was about and I just...don't....get it. I think you would have to be a special kind of person to be reasonably funny/interesting/entertaining on a consistent basis using 140 characters or less. The Twitter posts I did read (And I fully admit that I did not read a huge amount of them) were not in any way worthwhile to me. Obviously a pretty large number of people disagree with me though.

Re:Worst. Idea. Ever. (1)

geoffrobinson (109879) | about 5 years ago | (#29015799)

I disagree. Operas and orchestras should embrace the fact that they are essentially cover bands.

Re:Worst. Idea. Ever. (1)

geoffrobinson (109879) | about 5 years ago | (#29015811)

Hey! That was under 140 chars & funny. This too.

Oper(ett)a: Internet Style (4, Funny)

StellarFury (1058280) | about 5 years ago | (#29015787)

I am the very model of a modern inter-netizen
I frequent digg and slashdot just like any savvy citizen
I've earned my stripes and now can gripe as well as any denizen...
But now I'm set, we're at the Met, and trolling in real life, my friend!
But now he's set, we're at the Met, and trolling in real life, my friend!
But now he's set, we're at the Met, and trolling in real life, my friend!
But now he's set, we're at the Met, and trolling in real life, my friend, my friend!

Midi through Twitter (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | about 5 years ago | (#29015805)

You ought to be able to send Midi through Twitter.

Re:Midi through Twitter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29015941)

You ought to be able to send Midi through Twitter.

Wow, two technologies that shit up the Internet, separated by a decade, brought together? I can't wait.

Hey, I know, let's use Flash as the platform for this technology. It's the perfect midpoint to bring these two together.

Re:Midi through Twitter (1)

Petrushka (815171) | about 5 years ago | (#29017623)

You could always try sending Lilypond notation. aes8 g | aes2 ees8 d | ees2 c8 b! | c2 aes8 g | aes2 aes'8 g | aes4 c bes | aes g f | ees2, etc.

SourceForge (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29015869)

Seriously, couldn't Opera just use SourceForge like FireFox?

Anyone remember the hype over Second Life? (1)

e2d2 (115622) | about 5 years ago | (#29015955)

Complete bullshit! Everyone knows the future of social efforts will come from Second Life ^^^^ Facebook ^^^ Myspace ^^^^ IRC ^^^ BBSes ^^^ group meetings.

This same old shit keeps getting dug up and reanimated. Sure it looks like a person, but it's still a corpse. ... Nothing to see here, move along.

Obligatory Futurama Reference (1)

ari_j (90255) | about 5 years ago | (#29015981)

Extra extra! World's greatest opera sucks

Re:Obligatory Futurama Reference (1)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | about 5 years ago | (#29016381)

It truly does suck..

I mean - what does any of that even *mean*??? It's a random collection of tweets that don't go together.

You think THAT'S impressive? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29016091)

I hear that operas used to be composed with nothing more than paper and pen! How was that even possible? How are you gonna paste and cut other peoples ideas with just that?

And Nothing of Value was lost... (1)

sxedog (824351) | about 5 years ago | (#29016191)

Except true Artistic integrity.

140 characters on stage? (3, Funny)

findoutmoretoday (1475299) | about 5 years ago | (#29016421)

Even the royal opera has problems to set 140 characters on stage

fiHrSt! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29016599)

an arFduous For the record, I

As silly as Twitter is (1)

pileated (53605) | about 5 years ago | (#29017005)

don't you think it's the Opera Company that looks dumb here? This seems like the most desperate, and obvious, attempt in the world to widen its audience. You can't go anywhere or do anything anymore without being invited to 'follow us on Twitter.' When I'm bombarded that often by the same advertising I have to think that the product being peddled is hopelessly out of date. Everyone seems to want to get on the Twitter bandwagon regardless of whether it has anything to do with them or their business.

There was a time in the arts where it might have been somewhat bold and refreshing to engage the audience in some way. But that was about 40 years ago. To suggest that tweets from the public will be used for a libretto seems, to me anyway, to be far more about getting on a bandwagon and hoping for the best, than it does about art. Sometimes I wonder if the world can get any sillier. Then I have my answer.........

RIAA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29017035)

As much as I never thought I'd ever say such a thing...

maybe we really do need gatekeepers like the RIAA.

What would that solve? (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | about 5 years ago | (#29019287)

Problem is, the RIAA is precisely who would approve such a thing. It's perfect -- it's hot, it's trendy, it's what all the young people are talking about (or what we think they're talking about), and it's cheap to make.

And, some people might even like something like this -- while the things we like might not appeal to everyone else.

The reason we don't need gatekeepers -- why we really don't want gatekeepers -- is precisely so that we can have good stuff, and tune out the crap like this.

And thus, we, the audience, become the gatekeepers.

They didn't think this trough. (1)

lamadude (1270542) | about 5 years ago | (#29017803)

Announcer: Ladies and gentleman, the twitter opera is about to start, please turn of all cell phones and other mobile devices. *audience storms out of the opera, tweeting: OMG you never believe what they just asked*

We Didn't Start the Flame War (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29018353) []

Well, not an opera, of course, but probably more fun than what they will produce. And you can actually understand what they are singing.

Voicing (1)

Maguscrowley (1291130) | about 5 years ago | (#29019117)

Narrator - Lyric mezzo
Lonely male hero - Spinto tenor
The only girl on the Internet - Lyric coloratura soprano
The Admin - Dramatic bass-baritone
The Troll - Buffo tenor
3 cam whores - 2 Lyric Soprano, 1 Lyric Mezzo,
Chorus of 13 y/o boys - Treble/counter-tenor
Anon chorus - Tenor, counter-tenor, basses, & baritones

Carl Orff sized orchestration with incessant humming fans and effect percussion.

Is it me? (1)

Evets (629327) | about 5 years ago | (#29019325)

Is it me? Or is the internet getting lamer every day?

Hey! (1)

ohtani (154270) | about 5 years ago | (#29020197)

Somebody get that fail whale out of the way! It's blocking my view!

Been done (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29020225)

We've done this already in Umeå, Sweden. Only difference is we used 100 word entries and had an improvisational part in the middle of the opera based on text messaging from the audience. Yours truly hacked it all together, well most of it anyway.

Composed? (1)

16Chapel (998683) | about 5 years ago | (#29021057)

Pardon me for being a pedant, but if you're just writing the libretto then you're not really composing the opera. There's a pretty clear line of demarcation between the librettist, who writes the words, and the composer, who writes the music.

First video of Twitter Opera lines being sung (1)

musefrog (1471169) | about 5 years ago | (#29022259) a real opera singer. It's somewhat car-crash TV. []

Watch to the very end for another traumatic excerpt - about, erm... nuts.
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