Sunday, August 16, 2009

A night at the Twitter opera

Inspector Morse would definitely not have approved. The Royal Opera House in London have started a project to compose an opera libretto from a string of 140 character Twitter messages according to an article in the Daily Telegraph. Everyone can contribute by logging on to #youropera and tweeting suggestions for the next line.

"Extracts of the opera will be performed in an informal setting around a piano in the Paul Hamlyn Hall as part of the Deloitte Ignite Festival from September 4-6. Laptops for "tweeting" will be available during the event to aid the creative process."

The idea is of course to create audience involvement but at the risk of trivialising a very complex process (creative writing and composition) and facig the obvious charges of jumping on an already rapidly moving bandwagon.

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