opera

Miss World Japan: The great-times-20-granddaughter of samurai lord One-Eyed Dragon

Direct descendant of Date Masamune becomes first Japanese entrant to win talent portion with her beautiful opera vocals.

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Japanese opera singer records an incredible cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”

While we don’t usually think about successful opera singers breaking into the rock music industry, there’s one man out there to prove that classically trained performers can, in fact, appreciate decidedly more “modern-sounding” music.

Japanese operatic tenor Ken Nishikiori (錦織 健) is one of the most prolific opera singers to come out of Japan. But recently the 55-year-old has been making waves on the net not for his sweeping operatic vocals, but for his astounding cover of British rock band Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody!” 

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Opera AOI blends the old and the new with vocaloids and bunraku puppets

The use of vocaloids, artificial singers programmed on a computer, has created its own niche in online art. Thousands share their individually crafted songs using one of the dozens of synthetic voices available posting them to sites such as Niconico for the fun and entertainment of all.

Their popularity has risen to the point of vocaloids getting adopted by highly acclaimed musicians and artists. The figurehead of vocaloids, Hatsune Miku, has collaborated with Louis Vuitton, Lady Gaga, the Japanese Self Defense Force’s Central Band, Pharrell Williams, and Isao Tomita to name a few.

This time, however, artificial performers of the present will be merged with artificial performers of the past in Vocaloid Opera AOI with Bunraku Puppets. I love it when a name perfectly explains what something is so I don’t have to, so let’s get right to looking at trailer for this human-free opera.

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Hatsune Miku Opera ‘THE END’ Hits the Road

Last year saw the debut of the first humanless opera staring vocaloid Hatsune Miku and backed by a team of highly skilled artists, designers, and musicians.

The shows sold out quickly, and due to popular demand THE END is coming to Tokyo in May followed by a Paris engagement this winter.

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Hatsune Miku Stars in Humanless Opera “THE END”, It Ain’t Over ‘Till the Incredibly Skinny Vocaloid Sings

Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media is about to add a new twist to a classical performance.  At the beginning of December they are set to hold probably the first ever Vocaloid opera, titled THE END.

The opera is supported by a strong production team but was recently announced to have gotten some brand name backing from the fashion industry.  Fashion world titan Marc Jacobs and a team from Louis Vuitton are lending their talents to costume the lead Hatsune Miku.

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