Hatsune Miku stars in humanless opera

Hatsune Miku stars in humanless opera

TOKYO —

Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media is about to add a new twist to a classical performance. This weekend, they are set to hold probably the first ever Vocaloid opera, titled “THE END.”

The opera is supported by a strong production team but was recently announced to have gotten some brand name backing from the fashion industry. Fashion world titan Marc Jacobs and a team from Louis Vuitton are lending their talents to costume the lead Hatsune Miku.

The music for the performance is crafted by founder of ATAK music and acclaimed artist/ electronic musician Keiichiro Shibuya and accompanied by the vocal stylings of everyone’s favorite virtual songstress Hatsune Miku.

The story was written by Toshiki Okada, a novelist and playwright. Okada founded the chelfitsch theater company, which has traveled the world performing. The set design is by award winning graphic artist YKBX (Masaki Yokobe).

These three artists, although outstanding in their fields, seem to be a fry cry from the sometimes stuffy and rigidly traditional art of opera, but the result should be something to see.

If that weren’t enough, Hatusne Miku will not be decked out in her typical grey and blue suit. For this show only, she will be suited in outfits from Louis Vuitton’s 2013 Spring/Summer collection designed specifically with Miku in mind.

Marc Jacobs and crew have taken their signature Damier checkerboard pattern and exaggerated it with starker contrasts and sizes to give it a more pixelated feel. Even their iconic Speedy bag is squared out for Hatsune. It must have been a challenge for Jacobs as the vocaloid is rather chunky compared to your average runway model.

“THE END” was originally scheduled for two shows on the first and second of December but as all shows were sold out two additional performances were scheduled on the second and third of December. Those performances also quickly sold out.

Those lucky ticket holders should be in for quite a show. 

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Source: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media via Natalie (Japanese)

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    titaniumdioxide

    OMG this is soooo kewl!!!!

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    Fox Bravo

    YES!!! So Excited! Love Miku and the Vocaloids and UTAUs! Lets hope Teto appears too!

  • -3

    lostrune2

    Auto-Tune

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    kansaifun

    I know this article is in English; other than that, I have no idea what it is about...

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    Fadamor

    It must have been a challenge for Jacobs as the vocaloid is rather chunky compared to your average runway model.

    LOL. And up 'til now I've always thought the Vocaloid characters to be on the thin-side.

    @kansaifun

    I know this article is in English; other than that, I have no idea what it is about...

    For the summary on what "Hatsune Miku" is, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatsune_Miku

    A few years ago, "live" concerts with Hatsune Miku as the star began to be produced. These involved live musicians playing the music while Miku sang the vocals. The "live" effect was made by projecting a 3D model of Hatsune Miku onto a large glass "target" that spanned the stage. For a decent sample of such a concert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTXO7KGHtjI

    It's obvious that this opera is going to be an expansion on the "live" concert, though if there really are going to be no humans, then it looks like the orchestra will be digital as well.

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    Green Panda

    “THE END” was originally scheduled for two shows on the first and second of December but as all shows were sold out two additional performances were scheduled on the second and third of December. Those performances also quickly sold out.

    That's quite interesting. There must be growing demand for more of these events featuring Hatsune Miku than previously thought. She has been marketed well this year in Japan, increasing her exposure to the general public. That might have contributed to the increased ticket sales.

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    LindsayItsumura

    That's my girl! Actually that's my **hero >

    Live with all your might > Did you ever!

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    CrisGerSan

    We LOVE Miku! this is great news! i bet the opera will be wonderful, i like her usual costumes but i am sure she will enjoy having a change for this opera.

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    jonc4341

    Inventiveness like this is why I love Japan

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