San Diego Opera hints at collaboration with famed comic-book character

Der Fledermausmann?

Yes, please.
  • Yes, please.

Scene from opera in Batman Begins

Scene from opera in Batman Begins

“Batman has always had an operatic quality about him,” says San Diego opera director of youth outreach Jim Kidd. “Child of privilege, parents murdered before his eyes. Goes mad, develops a terrifying alter ego, hunts criminals by night while playing the playboy by day. Really, it’s a wonder we didn’t think of it sooner. Of course, what finally set it in motion was director Christopher Nolan’s decision to send young Bruce Wayne and his parents to the opera to see Die FledermausThe Bat — instead of to the movies to see The Mark of Zorro, as he did in Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns. The people climbing around onstage dressed in bat costumes scared young Bruce, which led the family to leave early, which led to their murders. By making the Batman story itself into an opera, we’re closing the circle. We’ll keep you posted on our progress. I know San Diego doesn’t care much for new opera, but this has got to be more appealing than Nixon in China.”

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I kinda think an opera based on "American Sniper" has to be coming soon!

Hey, I have tickets to "Nixon in China." I'm hoping it's as good as really-new opera "Moby Dick" was a few years ago. (But you can tell the Ian Campbell crackerjack operation has left town; the San Diego Opera Saviors box office royally fouled up our ticket order.)

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