Sky will be broadcasting the Schalke 04 – Bayern München football game live on Saturday evening, with the station’s regular commentator, Marcel Reif. In addition, it is airing the game on a second channel — but with live commentary sung by opera singers.
“La Triviata”, an ensemble of four singers and a pianist, claims the title of Germany’s only opera-improv ensemble. They promise viewers a “feast for the ears”. Ensemble member Verena Bärth: “We often don’t know what we’ll sing beforehand. We don’t have any idea yet, it will be spontaneous.”
This could either lame or absolutely brilliant. Can you imagine a US football game with, say, rap commentary? Somebody needs to try this.