Sunday, 3 January 2010

Opera in a Nutshell

Some time ago, Vancouver Opera started an animation contest OperaBot. The rule was to create an animated film between 0.5 and 4 minutes of any of the four operas performed this season in Vancouver - Norma, Nixon in China, The Marriage of Figaro and Madama Butterfly.

This was the winner in Chicago and was used for inspiration:

In Vancouver, 11 of the 16 contest shorts were dealing with Madama Butterfly, so it should not come as a surprise that this number included all winners. Only four featured Le Nozze and only one was about Norma. Here's Winner #3, focusing on the dramatic side of Puccini's masterpiece:

Winner #2, called "Fragile", on its beauty and is my personal favourite:

Winner #3, "Final OperaBot" on the fun (OperaBot, get it?):

This film is, too, Madame Butterfly, but frufru likes it even though it didn't win:

This is also a very beautiful and touching short of Madama Butterfly:

Finally, the one and only Norma:

Last but not least, a cute Marriage of Figaro:

More can be found in this YouTube playlist. Let's hope that more contests of this sort will be held via YouTube!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the shout out!

    We were very pleased with the response for the Operabot contest. We were blown away by all the creativity and hard work from the animators. Talented bunch of artists.

    Stay tuned for more contests in the future...

    Ling Chan, Social Media Manager
    Vancouver Opera