The dynamics of interactivity are penetrating even the world of opera.
The Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland will be producing a new opera-- "Opera by You"--which anyone can join in creating. This is all happening online, it is needless to say. The project launched earlier this year, and the basic story line has already been selected, but there's still time to help write the libretto, compose the music, design costumes, etc., before the 2012 premiere.
The plot, which is suitably ambitious, revolves around God's displeasure with the misery that humans have created on earth. Accordingly, three remarkable figures from the past are selected to--well, I don't want too give to much away, but you can check out all the details, and participate yourself, at their site.
My daughter will be participating in a piano conference called "Ribbon Festival" sponsored by several area piano teachers. There will be various categories of songs, she will be playing "Simple Gifts" for her entry, and a jazzy version of "Holy, Holy, Holy" for the Hymn competition. They will have a theory section, ear-training, four scale exercises, and some arts displays.
Of course, this year's theme is Chopin and Shumann. My daughter has created a collage"I Heart Chopin", using copies of scores of Raindrop and Nocturne, which she has learned; with several hearts cut out of music, randomly hidden within the collage. The point is to try to find the hidden hearts. She also is to write a short bio on Chopin...I was hoping some nice Chopin historians would refresh our memories of those facinating, but-little- known- trivia-facts about Chopin which were so delightful when Classical MN Pub. Radio was also celebrating the Composers' Birthdays. That would make her report much more informative than those copied straight off Wikipedia. This needs to be turned in the 28th.
Thanks for the help!
--Michelle from Yakima, WA