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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

Theater, bitch! 'Breaking Bad' mini-opera in the works

Breaking Bad musical? Eh, we’ve seen that before. But a Breaking Bad opera? Now that’s something we didn’t expect.

One World Symphony’s artistic director and conductor Sung Jin Hong has confirmed that he’s working on composing Breaking Bad — Ozymandias, a mini-opera based on both the show itself and the Percy Bysshe Shelley’s sonnet (titled “Ozymandias”). Although specifics are yet to be released, Hong wrote a blog explaining that the mini-opera hopes to “explore the question that the drama obsessively and hauntingly asked: ‘are we all breaking bad?’”

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