And the winner is…
I wonder,… if there would be any contest in classical music that could vaguely compare to the MTV Movie Awards — who would win?
The current categories — if Wikipedia is correct on that — would be
- Best Movie
- Best Performance (usually separated into Male and Female categories)
- Best Breakthrough Performance (sometimes separated into Male and Female categories)
- Best Villain
- Best Comedic Performance
- Best Kiss
- Best Fight
- Best WTF Moment
- Best Scared-As-S**t Performance
- Biggest Badass Star
- Global Superstar
I will let you think about this, and wanted to start …. with the category “Best Kiss.”
Well, in opera, this would mostly have to be rephrased into “the least outrageously faked kiss”, or “the kiss that looked the most vaguely convincing and not like someone trying to shove their tongue into the other’s mouth without former consent”.
So , it is …
“The Worst Kisses And Hugs”
My current favourites:
There is another thing peculiar to Opera — far more common there than in plays or movies, e.g. — for which it would be necessary to add yet another category. This would be…
“Best Post-Mortem Hug”
In Opera, people don’t “just” die. They sing while dying, turning their decease into an altogether pleasurable and tear-jerking experience for the audience.
My personal favourites there: Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor, stabbed), Gilda (Rigoletto, stabbed), and Posa (Don Carlo, shot).
Another specifically operatic thing is — sometimes people aren’t just respectfully put down after they finally died, as mostly the death causes disinterest of the bystanders (Lucia), calls for action (Carlos) or evokes a nervous breakdown (Rigoletto).
At times, alas, if surrounded by loving persons, people are hugged a lot, even after their mostly untimely end. My current favourites in this category are:
More to come 🙂