I am going to see this broadcast of Rigoletto in a couple of weeks and I cannot wait. It’s either going to be magical, or it is going to be a trainwreck. But hey—it’s getting me to care about Verdi, so.
Fuck you, music industry. Fuck you so hard.
X-fashion commission: X-Opera! X-men women matched with opera heroines in mid-century garb inspired by their costumes. Full description of the piece here. Happy Birthday Brett!
Mystique as the Queen of the Night
Psylocke as Cio-Cio San
Storm as Aida
Boom-Boom as Cunegonde
Kitty Pryde as Octavian
Jean Grey as Violetta
Rogue as Carmen
This is mine! My amazing boyfriend had this COMMISSIONED FOR ME. This is like, the things we both love all blended together gorgeously! This is the best gift I’ve ever received and I love it.
Come to my apartment and see it in all its glory. The detail in this is amazing, absolutely stunning.
Hey y’all. If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been hiding my iPad from Brett and turned off all email notifications on my iPhone and put a passcode lock on it for two months, this is why!
Kevin Wada was amazing to work with and did just a shockingly good job breathing life into my crazy idea. He even tolerated a very large and very neurotic spreadsheet I made (including youtube links). What a cool, cool thing done by a cool, cool guy.
One of the neatest things about this piece, for me, is that it helps put into visual form all of the similarity I’ve begun to recognize between comic books and opera since I started dating Brett: two amazing media with unique sets of challenges in the 21st century, telling incredible human stories using the super-human as a device (in comic books, it’s usually literal super-humans with revealing and touching moments of humanity; in opera a virtuosic voice feels more than human, but cuts to the core of the human experience). I love drawing this analogy whenever I can, and now I have a quite literal and concrete drawing of the analogy.
So, it’s great. Kevin Wada is a superhero.
So, this happened.
Improv Everywhere surprised a random couple sitting on a bench in Central Park with a fancy dinner and a private concert by a wind quintet.
Read the full story: Instant Date | Improv Everywhere
THIS IS MY FAVORITE THING EVER TO HAVE HAPPENED EVER.
The wind quintet plays the third movement from Mozart’s Serenade for Winds. Seriously. If this had happened to me I would have been WEEPING by the third measure. My favorite thing ever. My only question is: WHY IS THIS COUPLE NOT MORE INTO THE MAGIC THAT IS HAPPENING TO THEM.
Automatic Serenade for Winds reblog.
Rossini - Il barbiere di Siviglia
Act I, Scene 2
“Una voce poco fa”
Beverly Sills, soprano
In news that doesn’t make me sad to be a human: today is Rossini’s birthday! This is a video of one of his most famous arias, and you should watch it. This style of opera is called “bel canto,” and Beverly Sills is one of the greatest bel canto singers of the 20th century. Look at how effortlessly those sounds pour out of her. I love it.
I’ll take Rossini for $500, and you don’t even have to read the answer, Alex, because I know the question is, “What is the thing I want to listen to for the rest of my life?”
This is my current obsession.
Never buy me this.