You couldn’t make it up, episode 1,103:
As part of some ‘bridge over troubled waters’ dialogue, Mahler’s opera house is engaging leading opera singers in conversation with Conchita Wurst (pictured) and other pop ephemera. The last line of the press release (below) is irony-proof. Herbie would have been thrilled.
“Pop meets Opera” matinée at the Vienna State Opera on Sunday, May 17th on the occasion of the Eurovision Song Contest
Staying true to the motto “Building Bridges” of the 60th Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Vienna in May 2015, the Vienna State Opera is opening its doors to a matinée on Sunday, May 17th (12.00 to 1.15 pm), during which numerous artists will put different musical cultures into a dialogue, in order to build bridges on stage by bringing classical and pop music closer to one another: “Pop meets Opera”. World stars like Plácido Domingo, Juan Diego Flórez, The Philharmonics (ensemble consisting of musicians of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra / Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) and Conchita Wurst will be on stage, as well as further artists of the Vienna State Opera and ESC-candidates from various countries. Moderation: Barbara Rett.
All further details concerning the participants and the programme will be announced separately in April 2015. Tickets in the value of €7 to €60 are available as of now at the box offices of the Austrian Federal Theatres, as well as on www.wiener-staatsoper.at. There will be a time-shifted broadcast of “Pop meets Opera” at 8.15 on ORF III, as well as worldwide for free through the streaming-portal www.staatsoperlive.com. “Pop meets opera” is part of the “Wiener Staatsoper Live Outdoors” programme and will be streamed live outdoors at the Herbert von Karajan-Platz.