Flash mob opera REDUX
May 24, 2010 10:01 PM   Subscribe

More than 30 members of the Opera Company of Philadelphia Chorus and cast members of La traviata performed a flash opera in the aisles of Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia.

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posted by emilyd22222 (31 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
Fuck my life I miss Philadelphia. Reading Terminal was two blocks from my fucking awesome apartment (where we had the MeFi 10!), and I while I generally think that the Opera Company of Philadelphia is kind of sucktastic, I know that's just because I was spoiled and raised on Houston Grand Opera, and I would have KILLED TO SEE THIS IN PERSON!
posted by greekphilosophy at 10:04 PM on May 24, 2010


somewhere at about 2 min when there was a little lady with grey hair who was entranced and engaged by this, I started to smile.

flash mobs + class= neat
posted by HuronBob at 10:10 PM on May 24, 2010


Fuck my life I work two blocks from there now and I wish I had gone there for lunch that day.
posted by cmfletcher at 10:20 PM on May 24, 2010


Fragments of La Traviata in a Spanish fruit market
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:33 PM on May 24, 2010


My favorite verse:

Godiam, la tazza e il cantico
la notte abbella e il riso


Let us be happy: the glass, the songs and the laughter make the night more beautiful.

I miss Italy, tonight.
posted by francesca too at 10:34 PM on May 24, 2010



Beautiful! Wish this happened to me when I was out and about.
posted by dealing away at 12:26 AM on May 25, 2010


That will be the only gig they've got pretty soon, if you know the current state of the opera business.
posted by fourcheesemac at 2:27 AM on May 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


I honestly love my city. Philadelphia is amazing
posted by Addiction at 3:30 AM on May 25, 2010


I used to own that railroad, along with three others. Man I miss that place.
posted by Gungho at 3:33 AM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


This made me tear up. Is that weird?
posted by fontor at 3:45 AM on May 25, 2010


Wow, that was way better than I expected. I remember seeing some prior spontaneous opera thing that kind of fell flat, but this was just lovely.
posted by avoision at 6:08 AM on May 25, 2010


Fuck my life I miss Philadelphia. Reading Terminal was two blocks from my fucking awesome apartment (where we had the MeFi 10!), and I while I generally think that the Opera Company of Philadelphia is kind of sucktastic, I know that's just because I was spoiled and raised on Houston Grand Opera, and I would have KILLED TO SEE THIS IN PERSON!

I missed it too, and my office isn't far from RTM. And I've been meaning to get over there at lunchtime for days. Grrr.

(Opera Company of Philadelphia gave us a a pretty great Nathan Gunn in Pearl Fishers. Also, nearly naked.)
posted by desuetude at 6:39 AM on May 25, 2010


This is awesome! And while I was visiting Philadelphia that weekend, apparently my right-place-at-the-right-time skills need dialed in just a bit.
posted by alynnk at 7:15 AM on May 25, 2010


If they had dressed like ghostbusters, I would have teared up too.
posted by orme at 7:17 AM on May 25, 2010


This is all neat and shit but these people just need to not get between me and my lunch or I will chow down on a mother fucker's neck.
posted by The Straightener at 7:17 AM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


omg Straightener, you just made me remember Hershel's hot pastrami on rye with mustard and a pickle and I'm crying at my desk. Or Saturday mornings with the NY Times, listening to some homeless woman plunk out "Three Times a Lady" on the piano over in the Amish corner, eating blueberry pancakes, turkey bacon, hashbrowns and an apple dumpling. Thanks.
posted by greekphilosophy at 7:42 AM on May 25, 2010


Several lunchers were booing, one threw batteries, and one projectile vomited on the performers.
posted by fixedgear at 8:31 AM on May 25, 2010


Oh. I may need some DiNics today. Who's with me?
posted by desuetude at 8:43 AM on May 25, 2010


Duuuuude, can't do it today but why didn't you tell me you wanted to hit it up, I'm there at least 3x per week. Unfortunately I'm in court the rest of the week but let's do next. I'mma get a cheese steak from the dude at Spataro's with the Juggalo tattoos and missing teeth.
posted by The Straightener at 9:05 AM on May 25, 2010


BSO did something similar back in March. Members of the cast disguised themselves as Whole Foods employees.
posted by NemesisVex at 9:37 AM on May 25, 2010


Duuuuude, can't do it today but why didn't you tell me you wanted to hit it up, I'm there at least 3x per week. Unfortunately I'm in court the rest of the week but let's do next.

Duuuuuuude I bait you like that and you bail on me? Hmph.
posted by desuetude at 9:40 AM on May 25, 2010


The Icelandic Opera did a bit of Verdi in a hot spring recently.
posted by emeiji at 9:57 AM on May 25, 2010


That was sheer delight and makes me want to go to Philadelphia (where desuetude will feed me goodies).
posted by languagehat at 10:45 AM on May 25, 2010


I checked out Reading Terminal, eating a roast pork Italian (that's roast pork au jus with garlicky broccoli rabe, and very sharp provolone, FYI) from DiNic's on behalf of Metafilter.

I am sad to report that there was no flash mob opera today. I'm committed to returning at your behest to check, though.
posted by desuetude at 12:27 PM on May 25, 2010


Does the hot guy at DiNics still work there? You know the one - skinny, perfect bronze skin, straight black hair that hangs in his eyes that you want to brush out of the way just before you kiss him? I mean, they have great food too, but that's not why I ate there. *swoon*
posted by greekphilosophy at 1:02 PM on May 25, 2010


Eew. PDA. (Public display of arias)
posted by Lisitasan at 1:42 PM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


greekphilosophy, I do believe he made my sandwich today before swaggering to the counter to eat his lunch.
posted by desuetude at 2:11 PM on May 25, 2010


Arg, can't believe I missed this!

languagehat: if you come to Philadelphia, I will feed you goodies.
posted by ms.codex at 6:24 PM on May 25, 2010


Man, I miss Philly too. No one ever gives it the props it deserves as a vibrant big city. I have no idea why i have spent the last decade on the West Coast instead of being at home in Philly. Reading Terminal Market>Ferry Terminal Market.
posted by runcibleshaw at 10:28 PM on May 25, 2010


> languagehat: if you come to Philadelphia, I will feed you goodies.

Yay, more goodies! Philadelphia's the town for me!
posted by languagehat at 5:43 PM on May 27, 2010


Agree runcibleshaw, Reading Terminal Market kicks the Ferry Terminal Market's ass any day of the week.
posted by gnutron at 9:33 PM on June 24, 2010


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