|Flashmob: The Opera
||[Oct. 6th, 2004|10:00 pm]
I don't normally watch BBC3, but tuned in for this because the Sunday Times was insistent that it ought to be good.|
It was an opera, largely in English, based on the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, with music based on a number of well know operas. It was staged live in Paddington station (well, except the bit on a district line train just before there), in amongst the commuters.
It was, well, a bit odd. However, it was rather compulsive, and I ended up watching most of it. The singing did work quite well, and having a full orchestra tucked away in the station did work. They even managed to slip in a few bits of italian in some of the songs, but they did largely keep it in english.
Probably the funniest bit was where they had a football commentator on between the two acts (you have to watch it to know why) talking about the opera so far. He managed to drop a few bits of operatic italian in, and the presenter was completely lost by it :) Oh, and hearing the opera singers belting out "he's a muppet" was both bizarre and impressive.
According to their website, it is going to be repeated, so might be worth a quick watch.
(The flashmob bit was about getting lots of people there to watch it unfold, then join in the singing of the final song. It did actually seem to work, even if the presenter spent the first 20 minutes of the show asking people if they were flashmobbers, and having them give him strange looks...)