London’s Royal Opera House, which dates back to the 1600s (though it has been rebuilt a handful of times because of disastrous fires), has announced that it will host a staging of the first opera written entirely on Twitter. But the writing of the piece isn’t being handled by a particular author (or the dudes from Coheed and Cambria). Rather, it’s being written by whoever feels like they want to contribute to it. A special Twitter feed has been set up that allows anybody online to contribute lines of dialogue and plot points in 140 character bursts. So far, the story has advanced into the second act, though it’s fairly inexplicable (which doesn’t bother the curators — in fact, the curators are hoping that Twitter encourages non-linear stories).
Since the contributions can come from anywhere, there’s no reason why some of the music world’s biggest Twitter fanatics shouldn’t participate. In fact, some of them could simply repurpose their existing tweets and turn them into pieces of arias. Wouldn’t “Awake and different. I got surprises today. Or else I’m just still sleepy,” which came from Pete Wentz’s Twitter, sound heavenly coming out of Placido Domingo’s throat? How about something from the endlessly excellent Drake’s Knee, like “Pull a chicken off the scene/ Easy, just one look/ I run radio, Twitter, TV screens/ and I do it on one foot”? Or Miley Cyrus’ “Gave a hug to Rob Pattinson today. Ok girls I get it now. So cute. Sorry ’Robby’ bout all my bashing in my past”? Or what about one of John Mayer’s latest dispatches, “So glad that’s over. I think I’m going to have pink Trivial Pursuit pieces in my stool tomorrow”? (Okay, maybe that one can get left on the cutting room floor.)
So feel free to head over to @youropera to drop in your contribution to the project (the Royal Opera Company is also keeping tabs on the line-by-line developments here). And while you’re at it, encourage your favorite musician on Twitter to drop in a line or two. Here’s hoping that Lil Wayne’s Twitter comes back soon enough to make a contribution.