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More Operatic Funnies

Posted at 5:47 PM on January 26, 2007 by Rex Levang

Via YouTube comes some video of operatic disasters, Department of Wagner. The commentary is in German; however, all you really need to know is that there are three clips here:

1. The man in the wings is prompting the chorus in their gestures. All goes well till the soloist's costume becomes unbuttoned.

2. Siegfried's Funeral Music.

3. The mighty hero cleaves the anvil in two, or tries to.


The commentator here seems to be saying that the first clip is an actual performance. But given the staginess, and the camera work, and the lipsynching, it just can't be. Still kind of funny, though!