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Saturday, May 31, 2008

An Inconvenient Opera

It had to happen eventually. Al Gore's An Incovenient Truth is being turned into an opera. You heard me. An opera.

This musical extravanganza, as it will no doubt prove to be, is the brainchild of Italian composer, Giorgio Battistelli. The idea just came to him one day, and he's been working on transforming Al Gore's Nobel baby into an opera for a year now.

Fortunately for the ex-Veep, Battistelli has never shied away from creating operas from unusual topics. Some of his previous opera topics include:

  1. - Jules Verne (Strasbourg, 1985)
  2. - Keplers Traum (Linz, 1990) (Kepler's Dream)
  3. - Ascolto di Rembrandt (Rome, 1991) (Rembrandt Listens)
  4. - Frau Frankenstein (Berlin, 1993)

And if you thought Mrs. Frankenstein was scary, just wait 'til you see the sets being created for the melting polar caps!

I can see it all now.

Act 1, Scene 1.

Alberto, the cruelly misunderstood and overweight tenor, is sitting on a slushy mound of snow. His crampons give way under him, but the world's last baby seal breaks his fall, killing it instantly. Tipper, the coloratura soprano, consoles him with a beautiful aria which brings down the house. She exits.

He belts forth bravely with "O! Dio! Con Oscar non parlo da un mese!".

All of La Scala erupts.

Sean Penn and Glenda Jackson throw pregnant chads on the stage. Madonna adopts another baby right then and there.

I tell you, I'll be circle middle in 2011 at Milan's La Scala -- right behind Leonardo di Caprio, even if I have to invent an inconvenient truth myself.


Treehugger says "Please No"
Astronomers Await "The Inconvenient Truth", the Breakfast Cereal
WaPo hoped for an interpretive dance but you know, "whatever"
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  • You'll get a chorus of armored polar bears (who need work after Golden Compass tanked!) bemoaning their melting homes....Michael Moore will wear a steel bra with more rivets than the Great White Fleet in a transgender nod to how corrupt we all are...Abe Vagoda and Rue McClanahan will sing a nude chorus to remind us if the Earth gets too hot we can't wear clothes!

    Gore will be visited by the ghost of Vince Foster who tells him he knows why Al lost in 2000!

    Stop me now...please God!

    By Blogger Ron, at Sat May 31, 04:20:00 am GMT-4  

  • OK, this is awesome.

    And I could see it working! Seriously! Maybe not with Al Gore in an armor-bra--definitely not with Al Gore in an armor bra--but as a kind of "Man of La Mancha"!

    Yo so yo, Albert Gore-o!

    By Blogger blake, at Sat May 31, 02:52:00 pm GMT-4  

  • I wasn't planning to go ... but after reading this, I just might!

    By Blogger Hector Owen, at Sat May 31, 06:33:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Vic, there's nothing even I can say. My jaw is still on the floor. Or maybe it's me, rolling around in laughter.

    Anyway, did you see the latest twist in Obama's church saga? This death-by-a-thousand-folks-thrown-overboard is about the worst possible way he could have handled things. And it won't kill the story, either.

    By Blogger JSU, at Sat May 31, 06:50:00 pm GMT-4  

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