"Just one Cornetto, give it to me / You must be joking, they cost 50p..." Yes, Crave knows all about opera, and we're not just talking Nessun Dorma still brings a tear to our eye. Good news then, as the Royal Opera House marries our favourite high-culture pastime with our favourite low-culture waste of time, in the first ever Twitter opera.:
The Royal Opera House is inviting Twitter users to contribute lyrics to the the opera's libretto, which will be set to music by Helen Porter and performed between 4 and 6 September. Or should we say -- wait for it -- twopera. Sorry, .
The opera's story begins with a couple meeting in Covent Garden, where they notice a bird. "A small bird twitters over there / He sings without a single care / If only we could be so free..." But this being Twitter, it isn't long before things take a turn for the non-sequiteurial: "She sighed, 'Why am I standing here, listening to you sing to a bird? / I have my career as a biochemist to be getting on with.'" The tale of love lost, found and tweeted can be read here: the libretto so far.
To add your two-penn'orth to this twuppeny opera, simply send an @reply to @youropera with your suggested lyrics.