06. May 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Opera, Ramble · Tags:

Variations on an opera theme must be in the air today … I just read this:

The Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, best known for producing classical European operas for almost 60 years, is breaking new ground with an original hip hopera production on Wednesday.

Soprano Teiya Kasahara, baritone Justin Welsh, pianist Liz Upchurch, plus local rap DJs lil Jaz and T.R.A.C.K.S. composed the work in hip-hop beat mode, rather than operatic orchestration and vocals.

Their new work, “Hip Hopera”, is a story about the challenges faced by an interracial couple.

So now we also have “hip hopera”.

Shall we invent other operas? Anyone want to jump in here?

Of course there’s always ObOpera … which consists of only oboists. Everyone’s dream, I know.

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