Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Pop Opera
What is ‘Pop Opera’? A pop opera is a piece of musical theatre in which there is little or no speaking (but all music and singing), but instead of using aclassical sound, uses a more modern "pop" style of music.
An early examplewould be 1970’s "JesusChrist Superstar" by SirAndrew Lloyd Webber. There is very little dialogue and nearlyeverything is sung. But the music employssynthesizers and drum sets, uses rock music and pop-style singing.
An example of a recent pop opera musical is ‘HEY MARILYN’ which is an original work inthe rock/pop opera style. It is a spectacular and superbly entertaining musicalbiography with enormous depth and insight into who Marilyn Monroe really was.
Recent Pop Opera musicals are not much different to the early ones as they follow the tradition of a Pop Opera - little dialogues and a lot of singing and dancing. However, Pop Operas, now and today, have a noticeable difference in singing style. Early operatic voices weregenerally characterized by a roundness. Early Pop Operas were accompanied by various instrumental ensembles consisting of stringed and wind instruments, as well as keyboard and percussion instruments at times. As musicals developed in the 19th century, the instrumentation of their accompaniment remained relatively similar to that of operas. Only in the 20th century did musicals begin to economize their instrumentation, making use of developments in technology such as microphones and speakers.
The changes made in Pop Operas weremainly done to attract a wider range of audience, to create a goodatmosphere, again to attract all ages, to use the new technologies to give good sound and lighting effects and also to increase the popularity of Pop Operas.