[Lego Tosca, pt. 1, by barkingbartok]
The following is a statistical assumption:
Considering that many people coming through here are lesbians who love opera, and considering that most lesbians I know also have a fondness for Lego (I still keep my Lego “Pirat Treasure Island” set somewhere locked away in a cabinet because I refused to pass it on to my siblings as I supposedly “grew out of it”), the combination of opera and Lego should, by deduction, be a thing that puts a smile onto most of our faces.
And after yesterday’s droopy news of musicMe having locked down it’s once cornucopious gates, I think we can all use a smile and it comes with thanks to the YouTube channel of barkingbartok, and with thanks to Jake (the opera queen friend of mine who owns every Turandot recording ever made) who pointed it out to me.
Barkingbartok has created painstakingly and beautifully detailed lego enactings of some of opera’s biggest camp classics (Carmen, Tosca, Trovatore…. as Jake says, Turandot should rightfully be next), all boiled down to about half an hour each.
The Lego stagings come with special effects and – which may be the best part – with a hilarious set of (English) subtitles that, as Jake observed “work the better the more you know the work”. There are – complete with trailers, Carmen, Tosca and Trovatore (original and remastered) and some Glass and Adams available for your viewing pleasure.
My favorite so far: the bonfire gypsy scene from “Trovatore”. Talk about special effects!