04 May '11, 5am

Berlin swimming pool hosts underwater opera

Berlin swimming pool hosts underwater opera

A specially composed opera with a difference premiered in a Berlin swimming pool this week, with singers performing in and out and even under the water. -- PHOTO: AFP BERLIN - A SPECIALLY composed opera with a difference premiered in a Berlin swimming pool this week, with singers performing in and out and even under the water. Aquaria Palaoa is the brainchild of Claudia Herr, a champion swimmer in her youth before turning to singing, who plays the lead role, diving into the Stadtbad Neukoelln pool in her green evening dress. With the help of oxygen tanks strapped to her back, Herr sings underwater, with the whale-like sounds she produces transmitted onto speakers situated around the swimming pool with the help of special microphones. Her voice and those of other singers - who also sing underwater but without oxygen tanks - are mixed with sounds recorded 100m under an ice s...

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