Friday, May 08, 2009

What Will They Think of Next?

Seattle Opera, which has a blog and first-timer's guide on its web site, is going one step further: the company is developing a video reality show, called "Confessions of a First-Time Opera Goer." Here's what their web site says about the project:
Calling All Ring Rookies!
Seattle Opera Wants YOU!

If you are between the ages of 18-30, know a little bit about opera but don’t consider yourself a total opera geek, and have never before seen Wagner’s Ring cycle, then Seattle Opera wants YOU! This summer, Seattle Opera is creating a new video series chronicling the “Confessions of a First-time Operagoer,” and we’re seeking a young adult to star as the host. The selected host will experience Seattle Opera from the inside out, participating in exclusive backstage tours and events and conversations with the artists, crew, and General Director Speight Jenkins, all of which culminates in attending the Mt. Everest of all operas: Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle. If you want an amazing opportunity to peek behind the scenes, meet the cast and crew that make opera happen, and ultimately star in a video series recording your experiences along the way, then apply today!
Hmmm, "don't consider yourself a total opera geek" rules me out, especially since I own more Ring recordings than Speight Jenkins, not to mention the age range.

There's a live casting call, starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15, in McCaw Hall. More details on the whole project at the Confessions web page. Be there or be square? Seriously, this could be pretty funny. I just wish they'd let me take a peek back stage at the Ring.

8 comments:

pjwv said...

I think they should have a dual series -- the neophyte and the veteran, and their different takes on the same events. They could call it Songs of Innocence and of Experience.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Hahaha.

L. Strether said...

I like this idea- and I also like Patrick's spin on it. My only question is once it's completed, where will it will be viewed by anyone who's not already an opera geek? I think they ought to choose the newbie based on their Facebook/ Twitter friends count- minimum a 1000, otherwise it's just going to end up being something us duffers will cluck over.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Where? They could host the videos on YouTube.

L. Strether said...

... where it will only be seen by us duffers : )

Lisa Hirsch said...

Haha, maybe! you never know what people will stumble across....

Kyle said...

If only I lived near Seattle. I'm perfect for this. I've never taken the plunge of watching the ring (not even by video or cd!). And I certainly have the age thing down. Pity that I'm so far away.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Yeah - sadly, it requires on-site time weekly for a couple of months....expensive even for someone on the West coast with Southwest tickets...