New “tweets” opera

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  • In a bid to be more accessible, The Royal Opera House presents “The Twitter Opera”.

    The Royal Opera House plans to present a more inclusive kind of opera: one made up entirely of lyrics from Twitter messages.

    A soprano and baritone duet will perform “The Twitter Opera” in September as part of the Deloitte Ignite festival. The lyrics will be set to well-known operatic songs and to new music by composer Helen Porter.

    The House announced that it wants “everyone to become involved with the inventiveness of opera as the ultimate form of storytelling”.

    The first scene has been completed, with 40 “tweets” on the youropera Twitter page, each made up of a maximum of 140 characters.

    The opera opens: “One morning, very early, a man and a woman were standing, arm-in-arm, in London’s Covent Garden. The man turned to the woman and he sang…”

    After some plot confusion in the initial scene, The Royal Opera House is now inviting contributions for an opening to the second scene.

    Though there has been some criticism of the exercise, Jonathan Lennie, Time Out’s classical music critic, supports the project. He told The Telegraph: “Opera belongs to everyone. This is good because it is experimental. It demystifies the process of creating opera.”



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