Monday, April 8, 2013

Hatsune Miku to perform The End opera in Paris this November

Hatsune Miku has wrung up an impressive list of achievements in her five years of digital life.  In addition to single-handedly popularizing 5-foot-long teal twintails, Miku was the first Vocaloid to perform with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, call attention to the need for bras in the Uncanny Valley, and resurrect the voices of the dead.

Now, Hatsune Miku is poised to add another "first" to her list of accomplishments: she'll be the first Vocaloid to perform an opera in Paris.

...all while wearing a digital outfit designed by Louis Vuitton.


The End is an opera that made some impressive headlines during its two-day premiere back in December. It features no live humans on stage or in the pit, and is instead peopled entirely by Vocaloids like Miku who try to answer rhetorical and profound questions like "What is death?" or "What is an end?" with arias backed by computer-generated music.

For many white-glove owning opera enthusiasts, The End is the end of opera as they know it - but to anyone with an eye to the postmodern, it's a brilliant update of a beautiful - but somewhat staid - artform that peaked sometime around the golden age of Prussia.

On November 13th and 15th, Miku will bring The End to the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, long regarded as the global seat of opera culture.  While it's not the official Palais Garnier opera house, it's still on the banks of the Seine and in sight of Notre Dame cathedral... which is a pretty Dame fine place for a postmodern opera to be held.

If you're planning to be in Paris this fall, tickets for the event start at ¥3,000 (~$31) and climb up the actually pretty reasonable "Platinum" price of ¥10,000 (~$101).  For more information about the event, you can check out the official website.

For an idea of what you can expect from a Hatsune Miku opera, you can check out the video below -