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History[edit] In an early use of the term, the July 4, 1966, edition of RPM Magazine (published in Toronto) reported 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'."[1] Colin Fleming of The Atlantic has identified The Story of Simon Simopath (1967) by British psychedelic band Nirvana as the first recorded rock opera.[2] Later in 1967, Montreal's Influence recorded a long suite titled "Mad Birds of Prey (A Mini-Opera)", which closed out their sole album, which was released in January 1968.[3] Perhaps unaware of these earlier efforts, Neil Strauss of The New York Times wrote that S.F. Sorrow (1968) by The Pretty Things is "generally acknowledged as the first rock opera".[4] Although Pete Townshend denied taking any influence from S.F. Sorrow, critics have compared The Who's Tommy to it.[4] Scott Mervis of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote that, although Tommy was not the first rock opera, it was the first album to be billed as such.[5] Tommy would go on to influence On and On, a rap opera by The Fat Boys[6] and American Idiot, a punk rock opera by Green Day.[7] In an effort to appeal to more modern audiences, opera companies have welcomed more pop and rock influences. The resulting rock operas have met varying degrees of success as the worlds of high art and low art mix.[8] In Russian music, the term zong-opera (Зонг-опера) is sometimes used, since the first Soviet-Russian rock-opera Orpheus and Eurydice was described with this term, though the term "rock-opera" was already known in the Soviet rock music circles. A rock opera that experienced commercial recording and Broadway success is Jesus Christ Superstar written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and in respect of which Lloyd Webber said "the piece was written as a rock album from the outset and set out from the start to tell the story through the music itself." [9]

Style[edit] According to Fleming, rock operas are more akin to a cantata or suite, as they are not usually acted out.[2] Similarly, Andrew Clements of The Guardian called Tommy a subversively-labeled musical. Clements states that lyrics drive rock operas, which makes them not a true form of opera.[10] Responding to accusations that rock operas are pretentious and overblown, Pete Townshend wrote that pop music by its very nature deflates such attitudes and is simplistic. Townshend said that the only goal of pop music is to reach audiences, and rock operas are merely one more way to do so.[11] Peter Kiesewalter, on the other hand, said that rock music and opera are "both overblown, massive spectacles" that cover the same themes. Kiesewalter, who was originally not a fan of opera, did not think the two styles would mix well together, but his modernized operas with rock music surprised him with their popularity at the East Village Opera Company.[12] Rock operas are usually recorded and performed on albums by the artists themselves, but they can also be performed on the stage, such as Rent, which played on Broadway.[13] This usage has also courted controversy; Anne Midgette of The New York Times called them musicals with "no more than the addition of a keyboard and a drum set".[14]

See also[edit] The Survival of St. Joan List of rock musicals Concept album True Symphonic Rockestra Wagnerian rock

References[edit] ^ Maconie, Stuart (2013). The People’s Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records. p. 167.  ^ a b Fleming, Colin (2011-11-15). "The Who Made the Best Rock Opera Ever, but It's Not the One You Think". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2014-05-24.  ^ Liner notes to Pacemaker Entertainment PACE-095, the 2014 CD reissue of the 1968 Influence LP, ABC 630 ^ a b Strauss, Neil (1998-09-03). "THE POP LIFE; The First Rock Opera (No, Not 'Tommy')". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-24.  ^ Mervis, Scott (2012-11-06). "The Who resurrects its 'other' rock opera, 'Quadrophenia'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2014-05-24.  ^ Wayne, Renee Lucas (1989-10-05). "Fat Boys Built To Rap Opera Album Hits Stores Today". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 2014-05-24.  ^ Ruggieri, Melissa (2014-04-29). "'American Idiot' brings heart of rock 'n' roll to stage". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2014-05-24.  ^ Swed, Mark (2007-08-17). "At last, a rock opera that sings". Retrieved 2014-05-24.  ^ ^ Clements, Andrew (2002-02-08). "When is an opera not an opera?". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-05-24.  ^ Townshend, Pete (2002-03-30). "Tommy, get your gun..." The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-05-24.  ^ Brookes, Stephen (2008-03-28). "Rock Opera. Seriously". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-05-24.  ^ Pareles, Jon (1996-04-28). "POP VIEW;Can Rock Play to the Broadway Crowd?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-24.  ^ Midgette, Anne (2006-01-28). "Cruising and Schmoozing While Looking for Mr. Right". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-24.  Retrieved from "" Categories: Musical theatreRock operasWords coined in the 1960sHidden categories: Use mdy dates from January 2012

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