Freddie Mercury did a song with opera singer Montserrat Caballe called "Barcelona" for the 1992 Summer Olympics youtube.com/watch?v=Y1fiO…
Continental Europe did not have a daily television soap opera until 'Goede tijden, slechte tijden' began in 1990 in The Netherlands. GTST was a remake of Australian soap 'The Restless Years' but the storyline started diverging in season three en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goe…
The longest running TV soap opera, Coronation Street, has been running for nearly 60 years (December 1960). Bill Roache, who appeared in the first episode, is still a member of the cast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan played the same character on the All My Children soap opera. Jordan landed the role of Reggie Porter after Boseman was fired from it for Refusing to Play a Racial Stereotype indiewire.com/2019/01/cha…
A filmmaker shot a soap opera web series called IKEA Heights entirely inside a Burbank, California IKEA without their permission. The creator of the show noticed that the well-lit sets and difficulty in getting the attention of employees made it an ideal location to film a show. gigaom.com/2009/09/04/ike…
Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli convinced his hometwon in 2006 to build a theater where only one concert is given a year (by him). The theater stays silent the rest of the year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
Soap operas are incredibly long TV shows. General Hospital has been running since 1963, and currently has more than 14500 episodes. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
On March 4th 1960, opera singer Leonard Warren was giving a performance as Don Carlo in Verdi's La Forza Del Destino at the New York Met. After delivering the line "Morir, tremenda cosa" (To die, a momentous thing) he dropped dead of a heart attack. classicfm.com/discover-mu…
Jackie Chan is a classically trained opera singer and he has a very prolific music career outside of just theme songs and soundtracks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
The first black baseball player wasn't Jackie Robinson, but rather Moses Fleetwood Walker, who played in the 1880s despite rampant racism. He was also an inventor, newspaper editor, hotel owner, opera house manager, postal worker, and a published author on race theory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
Soap Operas are called "Soap Operas" because they were literally designed to sell Dove Soap to stay-at-home women during WWII youtube.com/watch?v=h683c…
Today I learned of Leslie Grantham who finished a prison sentence for murder, became an actor appearing in Doctor Who, then became an immensely popular star as Den in UK soap opera EastEnders in 1985. Den was killed off, brought back from the dead, then killed permanently after a sex scandal in 2004 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les…
The first TV soap opera to feature an ongoing gay character was Australian series Number 96, which featured Don Finlayson, played by Joe Hasham, for its entire 1972 - 1977 run en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Num…
Sydney Opera House architect JΓΈrn Utzon was not invited to opening nor did he ever see completed building in person. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Koreans eat about 600 million chickens per year and Korean fried chicken (or KFC) and beer is so popular that its facination has spread to China via Korean soap operas. A Chinese company once flew all 4500 of its employees to Korea so they all can have KFC and beer. vice.com/en_us/article/vv…
In Chinese/Peking Opera, a character wearing armor with flags on his/her back was meant to represent a general leading an army. Two such characters fighting on stage meant that a battle between two armies was taking place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pek…
Today I learned of Julie D’Aubigny, who was a 17th-century bisexual French opera singer who once took vows at a convent just so she could have sex with another nun, and then set it on fire. When she kissed a women at a ball, she was challenged to a duel by 3 men and she then beat them all. historyhustle.com/mademoi…
HBO was worried the audience would think "The Sopranos" was about opera music. They tried to change the title to "Made in New Jersey" before compromising on a smoking gun in the title logo. screenrant.com/sopranos-b…
Mary Costa, voice of Princess Aurora in Disney's Sleeping Beauty, was also was an opera singer who performed in 44 operatic roles on stages throughout the United States and Europe during her career d23.com/walt-disney-legen…
Out of 24 SS Death Squad leaders, prosecuted in 1947 for the direct killings of more than 1m people, 9 were jurists, 1 university professor, 1 opera singer, 1 expert in art history, 1 architect, 1 economist, 2 teachers, 1 priest, 1 dentist en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ein…
”Days of our lives” is one of the longest running soap operas, spanning over seven decades of regular screenings with almost 14k episodes (and counting). Some actors have appeared as different characters and some who died in real life still appear years later in flashbacks with unused footage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day…
Nessun Dorma, the famous aria sung by Pavarotti is part of an Opera that has an Iranian origin in a short story about Turan Dokht written by Nizami in the 12th century en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Today I learned of the Sator Square, a palindrome word square found in the ruins of Pompeii. The five words carved into it, "SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS" can be read top-to-bottom, bottom-to-top, left-to-right, or right-to-left. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
"Soap opera rapid aging syndrome" refers to the practice of soap operas to age child characters faster than the general timeline of the shows, sometimes becoming adults in a few years after their birth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
Today I learned about Rachele Gilmore, an understudy in the Metropolitan Opera. With only a couple hours notice, she was told she would be making her debut in Offenbach's "Les Contes Hoffman". That night she hit an A-flat above high C, breaking the record for highest note ever sung at the Met. broadwayworld.com/board/r…
There was a lengthy storyline on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives" (traditionally a quasi-realistic down to Earth series) where a character was possessed by Satan and tried to bring about the ruination of the Church. youtu.be/tOhSYgDMLmw
Soap Operas got their name from radio dramas which were sponsored by soap manufacturers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
Today I learned about Raven Wilkinson, the first African-American ballet dancer of a major ballet company. In 1957, Raven was once barred from staying with her troupe when an Atlanta hotel owner asked her outright if she was black. Raven quit dancing for a time, only to return to a 27 year career at NYC Opera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rav…
An opera inspired by the Breaking Bad episode, Ozymandias was made by New York composer Sun Jin Hong, and is a combination of Percy Shelly’s sonnet and the episode itself. classicalite.com/articles…
Among those on the design team for lower Manhattan's innovative 2015 merry-go-round was a stage designer who worked on some LaScala operas, the Sochi Olympics, & Broadway's "Spider Man." The SeaGlass Carousel has no center pole and the 30 giant fish that kids ride have color-changing lighting. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
Composer Richard Wagner's career was saved by a Gay Monarch who was clearly in love with him. Wagner played along enough to get money to stage his operas, but never "sealed the deal" so to speak. rictornorton.co.uk/ludwig…
The iconic and famed Sydney Opera House actually has terrible acoustics. At least $200 million has been spent trying to fix it. abc.net.au/news/2016-11-1…
A Soap Opera is the inspiration for the Harley Quinn character. Writer Paul Dini needed the Joker to have a sidekick and was friends with Arleen Sorkin. Dini remembered Sorkin had appeared as a jester in a dream sequence on Days of Our Lives and used the scene as an inspiration for Quinn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Britain's power stations have to learn television schedules to anticipate when there will be a huge power draw as everyone turns on their electric kettles during a break in a soap opera or sporting event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_…
There is no historical evidence of Vikings wearing horned helmets. Of the 5 Viking helmets that have been recovered, only 1 of those is fully preserved and none show signs of horns. The Nordic stereotype was created in the 1870s by Karl Doppler to depict Vikings for a German opera. en.natmus.dk/historical-k…
Despite being considered a classic, the 1959 Porgy and Bess film is not available on home media and only a handful of prints exist because the Gershwins, who wrote the opera it's based on, hated the movie and wanted it destroyed. hollywoodreporter.com/fea…
Everett Lee, born August 31, 1916, is an American conductor & violinist who was the first African American to conduct a Broadway musical & the first to conduct a performance by a major American opera company. He's still alive at 103. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
Today I learned of Antonio Paoli, a Puerto Rican tenor considered one of the most outstanding opera singers of all time. During WWI, when all opera houses closed, he lost his voice and became a profession boxer (5-1), retiring after breaking his wrist. He retrained and gained his voice back after the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Adolf Hitler wrote an opera called Wieland der Schmied based on unfinished work by Wagner. Its now on display in Austria. classicfm.com/music-news/…
Crossroads, the first ever Kazakh soap opera (1996-2000), was funded by the British government in order to promote capitalism, was modeled on 'EastEnders' and became wildly popular across Central Asia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
On July 21, 1861, the first major battle of the American Civil War, known in the North as the First Battle of Bull Run and in the South as the Battle of First Manassas, also earned the nickname the β€œPicnic Battle” because spectators showed up with sandwiches and opera glasses to watch the battle history.com/news/worst-pi…
One of the shortest operas which is regularly performed concerns the emotional lives of two unhappily married couples as they play a hand of Bridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_H…
English rock band 10cc’s 1975 mini-operetta β€œUne Nuit A Paris” became an inspiration for both Queen’s β€œBohemian Rhapsody” and the overture for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s β€œPhantom of the Opera.” somethingelsereviews.com/…
, Apr. 18, 1930 is a particularly slow day, that British Broadcasting Corporation ( BBC) has no news to report & just played Opera music on their airtime. sundaypost.com/fp/on-this…
Jewel, the singer who had hits such as "Who Will Save Your Soul", "Foolish Games", and Roy and Pam's song from the office, "You Were Meant For Me", started her career in a yodeling duet with her father, until she moved to Michigan to study opera. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewel_…
An opera singer received an 80-minute standing ovation and a 101 curtain calls after a performance of Otello. The same opera singer was also seen by a billion people who watched him in a telecast of Tosca. cbsnews.com/news/placido-…
Andrew Lloyd Webber (the creator of successful musicals such as β€˜Cats’, β€˜Phantom of the Opera’, β€˜Jesus Christ Superstar’ and many more) owns 7 theatres on the West End, has won an Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy and was knighted in 1992. lwtheatres.co.uk/andrew-l…
Ricky Gervais took on Grant Bovey ( UK soap opera Star) in a full contact boxing match. youtube.com/watch?v=SqvtE…
The Syndey Opera House is considered one of the worst project managerment failures of our time. It was 10 years late, 14 times over budget, the architect never saw it completed and the project manager never worked on another project in his career (he became a lecturer at Hawaii Uni) eoi.es/blogs/cristinagarc…
The opera section in Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" required 180 overdubs. Eventually the 24-track analog tape had been run over so many times by the recording heads it almost became transparent. mentalfloss.com/article/7…

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