Rock opera

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"Rock Opera" and "Metal opera" redirect here. Rock opera_sentence_0

For the film, see Rock Opera (film). Rock opera_sentence_1

For the album, see The Metal Opera. Rock opera_sentence_2

For the metal genre nicknamed "opera metal", see symphonic metal. Rock opera_sentence_3

A rock opera is a collection of rock music songs with lyrics that relate to a common story. Rock opera_sentence_4

Rock operas are typically released as concept albums and are not scripted for acting, which distinguishes them from operas, although several have been adapted as rock musicals. Rock opera_sentence_5

The use of various character roles within the song lyrics is a common storytelling device. Rock opera_sentence_6

The success of the rock opera genre has inspired similar works in other musical styles, such as rap opera. Rock opera_sentence_7

History Rock opera_section_0

In an early use of the term, the July 4, 1966, edition of RPM Magazine (published in Toronto) reported that "Bruce Cockburn and Mr [William] Hawkins are working on a Rock Opera, operating on the premise that to write you need only 'something to say'." Rock opera_sentence_8

Colin Fleming of The Atlantic described The Story of Simon Simopath (1967) by British psychedelic band Nirvana as an "early foray into the rock opera sub-genre". Rock opera_sentence_9

Neil Strauss of The New York Times wrote that S.F. Rock opera_sentence_10 Sorrow (1968) by The Pretty Things is "generally acknowledged as the first rock opera". Rock opera_sentence_11

Although Pete Townshend denied taking any influence from S.F. Rock opera_sentence_12

Sorrow, critics have compared The Who's Tommy to it. Rock opera_sentence_13

Scott Mervis of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote that, although Tommy was not the first rock opera, it was the first album to be billed as such. Rock opera_sentence_14

Tommy would go on to influence On and On, a rap opera by The Fat Boys and American Idiot, a punk rock opera by Green Day. Rock opera_sentence_15

In an effort to appeal to more modern audiences, opera companies have welcomed more pop and rock influences. Rock opera_sentence_16

The resulting rock operas have met varying degrees of success as the worlds of high art and low art mix. Rock opera_sentence_17

In Russian music, the term zong-opera (Зонг-опера) is sometimes used, since the first Soviet-Russian rock-opera Orpheus and Eurydice was described with this term, though the term "rock-opera" was already known in the Soviet rock music circles. Rock opera_sentence_18

A rock opera that experienced commercial recording and Broadway success is Jesus Christ Superstar, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and in respect of which Lloyd Webber said "the piece was written as a rock album from the outset and set out from the start to tell the story through the music itself." Rock opera_sentence_19

Style Rock opera_section_1

According to Fleming, rock operas are more akin to a cantata or suite, as they are not usually acted out. Rock opera_sentence_20

Similarly, Andrew Clements of The Guardian called Tommy a subversively-labeled musical. Rock opera_sentence_21

Clements states that lyrics drive rock operas, which makes them not a true form of opera. Rock opera_sentence_22

Responding to accusations that rock operas are pretentious and overblown, Pete Townshend wrote that pop music by its very nature rejects such characteristics and is an inherently simple form. Rock opera_sentence_23

Townshend said that the only goal of pop music is to reach audiences, and rock operas are merely one more way to do so. Rock opera_sentence_24

Peter Kiesewalter, on the other hand, said that rock music and opera are "both overblown, massive spectacles" that cover the same themes. Rock opera_sentence_25

Kiesewalter, who was originally not a fan of opera, did not think the two styles would mix well together, but his modernized operas with rock music surprised him with their popularity at the East Village Opera Company. Rock opera_sentence_26

Rock operas are usually recorded and performed on albums by the artists themselves, but they can also be performed on the stage, such as Rent, which played on Broadway. Rock opera_sentence_27

This usage has also courted controversy; Anne Midgette of The New York Times called them musicals with "no more than the addition of a keyboard and a drum set". Rock opera_sentence_28

See also Rock opera_section_2

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