No, I’m not talking about the browser. As reported by BBC News, the Royal Opera House in Britain has embarked on a project in which members of the (online) public will create the libretto of a new opera, by sending in their suggestions via Twitter. The aim of the project is to get more people interested and involved in opera.
The first scene of the so-far-untitled opera has already been written:
The Royal Opera House blog gave a precis of Act One, Scene One: “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 is a bit out of the ordinary, but certainly no further out than, say, the Ring cycle. As W.H. Auden said, “No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.”
If your creative interest is piqued, it is apparently still possible to contribute at the YourOpera Twitter page.
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