My favourite lyrical interpretation is still this one. It's kind of an in-joke with some people I know now. You just need to shout "I AM ON A BUS!" and they know when to join in.
Love those; and your friends seem like the greatest people imaginable, so congratulations. (Then again, I boast a friend who said the following to me today: "I used to be a king of England, but I took an arrow to the eye.")
In what context can "I used to be a king of England, but I took an arrow to the eye" possibly make any sense?
Though I forgot to add that in the Queen of the Night video above, I'm most amused by the "poke around my bondage gear" line, as in the production I worked on the Queen was re-imagined as a high class madam/dominatrix (albeit quite subtly). It's a shame we didn't do it more recently because I would have demanded we added the line "I know Sarastro, well, I know what he likes".
As far as "re-imaginings" go, that sounds interesting. And you must live in a magical place where a lot of people around are Sherlockians... sigh...
I get the Hastings reference, but never saw the Skyrim meme before... I will bet that I'll start seeing it everywhere now.
The great thing about re-imaginings is that you can basically make the production cheaper. Putting Tamino in jacket and jeans is far cheaper than hiring in a cape and some lederhosen, and chasing him with an assassin with a dragon tattoo looks significantly less shit than trying to put an actual dragon on stage.
The Arrow to the Knee meme is HUGE on FB, Reddit and MemeBase right now. Almost overdone. I will say that the funniest one I've seen is of John Cleese as Sir Lancelot saying "I used to be on a quest like you, until I took a shrubbery to the Ni."
Speaking of dragons, Wagner could certainly do with some better re-imaginings than some of the recent eccentrica out of Bayreuth. Got to love what innovations get made on a low budget, except when you end up Sweding the production.
Also, elitist, or right? I dare say I agree with him a lot. It's an art form that's very demanding and, frankly, most of the over-glorified pop singers making it as "classical" artists simply aren't up to the standard in either quality or endurance.
Though that's not just restricted to opera, out of all of Lloyd-Webber's televised audition shows over the last few years, most of the eventual winners drop out of the productions after a matter of weeks due to exhaustion. I suppose when it's controlled, televised and scrubbed up like Glee it masks how fucking difficult it really is, so no wonder people go in with certain breezy expectations and end up nearly dead.
Me, I prefer choral works, where no singer is singled out to carry the weight of the entire performance.
It's the same kind of thing that makes people like me snerk condescendingly when someone says they "love" jazz and drool over Jamie Cullum. The worst is when they conflate it with "easy listening" -- makes me want to shove Peter Brotzmann records down their throat. But then again, I freely admit that I am such a fucking snob.
I don't think I'm much of a genre snob in that respect, metal arguments basically killed off that as a useful concept for me. But when anyone puts a jumped up kareoke singer in the same category as Kiri Te Kanawa, I'll take issue with it.