I feel like it is now time for a complete change of pace. I’m sure that you are reading the title of this post and wondering what in blazes a doowopera could be. Well the only way to really find out is to watch the video below, so do it now you’ll be glad you did.
So why am I posting this? The first reason, and probably the most important is that I absolutely love it. But there’s more to it than that.
I think that this is an incredible piece of work, the singing is technically difficult and done extraordinarily well, it also works so well as a piece of comedy. Often when people try to do cross style musical parody it falls flat because it doesn’t work on its own. In this piece, it’s so successful for me on many levels.
But it also goes a level deeper for me personally. In the last two days I’ve made posts about the massive vandalism of pianos at my alma mater Ithaca College. This piece connects me to Ithaca in a special way. You see, the Puccini aria O mio babbino caro which forms the basis of this piece is from the opera Gianni Schicchi. As a junior at Ithaca College I was the sound designer for a production of this opera as a part of the theater department’s main stage season. I remember very clearly being in rehearsal and looking forward to hearing it night after night. To me, this is somehow one of the most perfect pieces of music ever written. I don’t know why, it just is. And to see it transformed through such musical and comedic genius really makes me happy.
What you think of the video? What you think of opera? Please comment below.