by Susan Ellis
In my write up of Opera Memphis' 30 Days of Opera last week, OM director Ned Canty mentioned the "Opera Doesn't Suck" program. Part of the program's description reads, "Opera isn’t good for you. It is not your daily serving of vegetables. It has no vitamins or minerals. It is filled with murderers, prostitutes, adulterers and hot, sweaty gypsies. Opera will melt your face off with its awesome intensity."
Ah, but you CAN get your daily serving of vegetables and your opera this week when "30 Days of Opera" hits the Memphis Botanic Garden Farmers Market on Wednesday and the Memphis Farmers Market on Saturday.
The Botanic Garden event, from 4 to 6 p.m., has a garden theme and songs will include "A Little Bit of Earth" from The Secret Garden, "The Flower Duet" from Lakme, "The Flower Song" from Carmen, and more.
The event downtown, starting at 10 a.m., will be sort of an "Opera's Greatest Hits."
And, fyi, the first "Opera Doesn't Suck" of "30 Days of Opera" is Thursday, September 20th, 7:30 p.m. at Tutihill Hall at Rhodes College.
To keep up with the whereabouts of "30 Days of Opera" follow Opera Memphis on Twitter, @operamemphis.
The video above is an orange singing a selection from Carmen on Sesame Street. This was the best produce-singing-opera video I could find.
More opera video of note is this "30 Days" performance of Rossini's "Cat Duet" at the Overton Bark dog park. (This is cruel.)