FACTOID # 27: If you're itching to live in a trailer park, hitch up your home and head to South Carolina, where a whopping 18% of residences are mobile homes.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Rock opera
The Who's Tommy, the first album explicitly billed as a rock opera
The Who's Tommy, the first album explicitly billed as a rock opera

A rock opera is a rock music album or stage production that resembles the form of an opera. The historical reference of the word "opera" would most always include the live performance of such an event. In a true opera, the lyrical story would be told inclusively within the musical dialog. If the performance includes dialog between musical passages, it would in fact be an operetta. Image File history File links Acap. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. ... Operetta (literally, little opera) is a performance art-form similar to opera, though it generally deals with less serious topics. ...


It differs from a conventional rock album, which usually includes songs that are unrelated to each other in terms of storyline. However, the rock opera style overlaps considerably with concept albums and song cycles. More recent developments include metal opera and rap opera (sometimes also called hip-hopera). The category a particular work falls into is largely defined by the intent and self-definition of the work by its creator. The formal distinction may be that the rock opera tells a coherent (if sometimes sketchy) story, often with first-person lyrics sung by characters; while a concept album or song cycle sets a mood or maintains a theme. Some albums share characteristics of more than one category. Tommy, one of the best known rock operas, also had a rock musical production. In popular music, a concept album is an album which is unified by a theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, narrative, or lyrical (Shuker 2002, p. ... A song cycle is a group of songs designed to be performed in sequence as a single entity. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... A rap opera or hip-hopera is a series of rap songs in the form of an opera, inspired by the concept of rock opera. ...


On a technical note, the phrase "rock opera" is, in terms of both music and theater, a misnomer. Opera consists of individual singers acting out a specific character within a drama, whereas rock opera is comprised of singers who sing a story, but do not act it out. The singers in rock opera can sing as a specific role, but this relationship is less rigid than traditional opera; singers rarely maintain the role for the entire album, usually assuming a different role for different songs, or simply narrating via third-person. Ironically, the phrase "rock oratorio" would be far more appropriate (despite the fact that oratorios are usually sacred in nature), as most of the conventions within rock operas are shared by oratorios. For more details on this topic, see Point of view (literature). ... An oratorio is a large musical composition for orchestra, vocal soloists and chorus. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Contents

1960s

The term rock opera is generally credited as originating from an informal gathering of Pete Townshend and some friends in 1966. Townshend played a comedy tape to his friends called Gratis Amatis. One of his friends made the comment that the odd song was a "rock opera". Kit Lambert, the Who's producer, is than believed to have said "Now there's an idea!" However, the July 4, 1966 edition of RPM Magazine (published in Toronto) notes that "Bruce Cockburn and Mr [William] Hawkins are working on a Rock Opera, operating on the premise that to write you need only 'something to say'."


The earliest example of what would be later known as "rock opera" was written by guitarist for The Who, Pete Townshend, a figure who would go on to be identified with the form more than any other. Townshend wrote the track "A Quick One While He's Away" which appeared on The Who's second album, A Quick One (1966), a nine-minute suite of short songs telling the operatic story of the seduction of a young girl guide (Townshend) by an engine driver named Ivor (played by John Entwistle). The Who are an English rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born May 19, 1945 in Chiswick, London), is an award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer. ... A Quick One While Hes Away is a 1966 medley written by Pete Townshend and recorded by The Who for their album A Quick One. ... The Who are an English rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... A Quick One (1966) is the second album released by British rock band The Who. ... // January 3 - Hullabaloo shows promotional videos of The Beatles songs Day Tripper and We Can Work It Out. January 8 - Shindig! airs for the last time on ABC, with musical guests the Kinks and the Who January 14 - Young singer David Jones changes his last name to Bowie to avoid... John Alec Entwistle (October 9, 1944 – June 27, 2002) was an English bass guitarist, songwriter, singer, and horn player, who was best known as the bass guitarist for rock band The Who. ...


Then an Alley, also known as The Beat Opera, was conceived and staged by Tito Schipa, Jr., composer and director, son of the tenor Tito Schipa, at the Piper Club in Rome, Italy, in May 1967. While Then an Alley, an adaptation of 18 Bob Dylan songs made to fit into a scenic background, made a moderate splash in its country of origin, it went completely unnoticed elsewhere in the world. Schipa Jr. later went on to write and stage the work Orfeo 9 at the Sistina Theater in Rome. It became the first ever staged original Italian rock opera when it debuted in January 1970. Orfeo 9 became a double album and a film under the musical direction of future Academy Award winner Bill Conti. The Italian tenor Tito Schipa (1888 – 16 December 1965) is considered one of the finest tenore di grazia (lyric tenors) in operatic history. ... Nickname: Motto: SPQR: Senatus Populusque Romanus Location of the city of Rome (yellow) within the Province of Rome (red) and region of Lazio (grey) Coordinates: Region Lazio Province Province of Rome Founded 21 April 753 BC Government  - Mayor Walter Veltroni Area  - City 1,285 km²  (580 sq mi)  - Urban 5... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... A double album is an audio album of sufficient length that two units of the medium in which it is sold (especially records and compact discs) are necessary to contain the entirety of it. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


In 1968 British rock band, The Pretty Things released S.F. Sorrow, the first attempt by a rock band at a single, narrative-based thematic concept expressed over an album's worth of songs. S.F. Sorrow outlined a coming of age story focused on protagonist Sebastian F. Sorrow, although the storyline was not as coherent as those to be found in later rock operas. The Pretty Things are a 1960s and 1970s rock and roll band from London. ... S.F. Sorrow is the title of a 1968 LP by British rock group The Pretty Things. ... For other uses, see Coming of Age (disambiguation). ...


In 1969 Pete Townshend and The Who released Tommy, the first of The Who's two full-scale rock operas (the other is Quadrophenia), and the first musical work explicitly billed as a rock opera. [In some older publications it is called Tommy (1914–1984).] The album was largely composed by Townshend, with two tracks contributed by bassist John Entwistle and one attributed to drummer Keith Moon, although actually written by Townshend.[1] An earlier song by blues artist Sonny Boy Williamson II, "Eyesight to the Blind", was also incorporated. Tommy remains one of the most famous rock operas, with concert, film, ballet, and theatrical productions mounted over the course of four decades. The Who would later release another rock opera, Quadrophenia (1973), also made into a film, and a mini rock-opera, Wire & Glass (2006), from Townshend's larger concept of The Boy Who Heard Music. Alternate cover Deluxe edition cover Tommy is the first of The Whos two full-scale rock operas (the second being Quadrophenia), and the first musical work explicitly billed as a rock opera. ... The Who are an English rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... Alternate cover Original soundtrack version Quadrophenia is a double album released by The Who on October 19, 1973, one of the groups two full-scale rock operas. ... Keith John Moon (August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978) was the drummer of the rock group The Who. ... “Blues music” redirects here. ... Sonny Boy Williamson, circa 1964 Aleck Rice Miller (December 5, 1899 - May 25, 1965), a. ... Eyesight to the Blind, also known as The Hawker, is the sixth song on The Whos rock opera Tommy. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212... Alternate cover Original soundtrack version Quadrophenia is a double album released by The Who on October 19, 1973, one of the groups two full-scale rock operas. ... Wire & Glass is the first single released from The Whos 2006 album, Endless Wire. ... The Boy Who Heard Music is a internet novella written by Pete Townshend. ...


1970s and later

Townshend's rock opera influenced many including composer Andrew Lloyd Webber who, with lyricist Tim Rice composed Jesus Christ Superstar which was first recorded and released as a concept album in 1970. The money made from album sales was used to fund the subsequent stage production in late 1971 which had been Lloyd Webber and Rice's original vision. Jesus Christ Superstar was explicitly billed as a "rock opera" and though it first appeared in recorded form, it became far more famous as a Broadway musical, leading it to be called a "rock musical", blurring the distinction between the two terms. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is a highly successful English composer of musical theatre, and also the elder brother of Julian Lloyd Webber. ... Sir Timothy Miles Bindon Rice (born 10 November 1944) is an English lyricist for musical theatre, a radio presenter, television gameshow panelist and an author. ... This article is about the rock opera. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... A rock opera or rock musical is a musical production in the form of an opera or a musical in a modern rock and roll style rather than more traditional forms. ...


Pink Floyd's rock opera The Wall, written primarily by Roger Waters, became the third best-selling album of all time. As with Tommy, The Wall has been staged as an elaborate theatre performance; by Pink Floyd in 1980 and 1981, and by Waters in 1990 (at the Berlin Wall). The plot was also used for the feature film Pink Floyd The Wall, and Waters has been adapting the story for a Broadway-style production. In 1996, John Miner staged the rock opera Heavens Cafe at the Flamingo Theater in Las Vegas, and again in Los Angeles in 2004. Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their avant-garde progressive rock music. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... George Roger Waters (born September 6, 1943) is an English rock musician; singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and composer. ... East German construction workers building the Berlin Wall, November 20, 1961. ... Pink Floyd The Wall is a 1982 film by British director Alan Parker based on the 1979 Pink Floyd album The Wall. ... // Mantra Sunrise Heavens Cafe Art Rock Circus K2 Composer John Miner may be best know for his rock opera Heavens Cafe, which was staged at the Flamingo Theater in Las Vegas 1996, the Charleston Performing Arts Center in 1997, and later at Insurgo Theater in Los Angeles in 2004. ... Heavens Cafe is a rock opera written and composed by John Miner. ... Vegas redirects here. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


Some heavy metal bands have released albums inspired by rock operas; often in a progressive metal framework. In some cases they have overlapped considerably with the format of metal concept albums. Queensryche's album Operation Mindcrime, and albums by Savatage, Dream Theater, Ayreon, Avantasia, Kamelot, Pain of Salvation and King Diamond, are a few examples of metal opera albums. Punk rock opera is a term coined by the pop-punk band Green Day to describe their 2004 album, American Idiot. “Heavy metal” redirects here. ... Progressive metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. ... Band picture Queensrÿche is an American progressive metal band of the 1980s, formed near Seattle, Washington in 1981. ... Operation: Mindcrime is Queensrÿches third full-length album, which was released on May 3, 1988. ... Savatage is a progressive heavy metal band founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1979. ... Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band comprised of James LaBrie, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, John Myung, and Mike Portnoy. ... Ayreon ( ) is a project by Dutch composer and musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen. ... Avantasia (The Metal Opera) is a symphonic metal project created by Tobias Sammet, vocalist and frontman of the power metal group Edguy. ... Kamelot is a power metal band that incorporates many elements of symphonic and progressive metal into their music. ... Pain of Salvation is a Swedish progressive metal band featuring Daniel Gildenlöw, who is the lyricist, chief composer, guitarist, and lead vocalist. ... King Diamond (born Kim Bendix Petersen, June 14, 1956, Copenhagen, Denmark) is a heavy metal musician known for his shock rock image. ... Pop punk (also known as punk pop and other names) is a fusion genre that combines elements of punk rock with pop music, to varying degrees. ... This article is about the band Green Day. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.thewho.net/discography/songs/TommysHolidayCamp.html

See also

This is a list of rock operas. ... Rock Musical James Rado, Gerome Ragni and Galt MacDermot, Hair (1967) Stephen Schwartz, Godspell, (1971) Stephen Schwartz, Pippin (1972) Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease, (1972) Charlie Smalls, The Wiz (1975) Richard OBrien, The Rocky Horror Show (1973) Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, Little Shop of Horrors (1982) Tim... In popular music, a concept album is an album which is unified by a theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, narrative, or lyrical (Shuker 2002, p. ... A concept EP is very similar to a concept album. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Rock opera (191 words)
A rock opera is a musical piece in the form of an opera or a musical in a modern rock and roll style rather than more traditional forms.
It differs from conventional rock and roll music, which is often a song that is unlinked in plot or story with other songs, but overlaps considerably with concept album or rock musical.
The distinction may be that the rock opera tells a story and a concept album sets a mood, but some albums tell moody stories and others tell stories about moods.
Rock Buddha Rock: Official Site (328 words)
Rock Buddha Rock is perhaps the first effort to interpret the story of the Buddha through the lens of contemporary rock and folk music.
Rock Buddha Rock draws upon different Buddhist traditions to tell it's story-------the poetry of Zen Buddhism, the practical nature of the Vipassana insight tradition, and the Tibetan emphasis on compassion for others.
Rock Buddha Rock was produced in a small studio outside of Boston over a two year period.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m