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'Brokeback Mountain,' Sarah Palin and Klingons: 10 operas based on pop culture

Opera has always been a reflection of the cultural zeitgeist of Western society. Historical events, popular stories, real people—they’ve all inspired musicalizations which allow patrons to connect directly with cultural moments in artistic ways.

But while opera may have stopped being the most popular art form, it never stopped being a relevant one. Hats off to the contemporary composers who continue to devote themselves to breathing life into the art form (because if they don’t, who will?). Opera is an endangered species, much like pandas or stenographers, and it continues to thrive creatively by reflecting the pop culture moments—movies, novels, reality stars—that you perhaps didn’t expect to be made operatic.

You may not have known that there’s a Brokeback Mountain opera opening January 28 in Madrid. Or that New York City Opera ended its decades-long run with an opera about Anna Nicole Smith. In fact, there are a slew of recent pop culture-inspired operas you might not know about: READ FULL STORY

2012 Year on Twitter: Obama wins, Sandy strikes, and a panda procreates

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Ahh, the year of 2012. When we think back, what will you be remembered for? The London Olympics? The U.S. presidential election? The NFL replacement refs debacle? These and more were featured on Twitter’s year-end review chronicling the biggest moments of 2012. The flashy report details everything from the posts with the highest re-tweets to the top trends to the famous users who finally caved and joined the site. It’s entertaining, but extensive, so we’ve picked out our favorite tidbits and compiled them below. Here are the top 10 things we learned on Twitter in 2012:

1. If the election came down to mentions, Mitt Romney would have won: “#romney” and “mitt romney” occupied the fourth and fifth spots on the Politics Trends list, whereas “#obama 2012″ took 10th place. However, the most re-tweeted post (by far) of 2012 was President Barack Obama’s simple yet sweet acknowledge of his election victory:

That post was re-tweeted over 810,000 times by people in more than 200 countries. Talk about Klout. READ FULL STORY

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