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8th Jul '17 9:44:44 AM nombretomado
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The "opera"-ness of the form varies significantly. Some present the point of view of a single (possibly unnamed) character, while others have explicitly-named characters interacting with each other in song (and likely performed by different singers). TheOtherWiki's entry for ''Music/{{Tommy}}'' suggests that "rock cantata" or "rock song cycle" might be a more accurate term, since a rock opera is purely a musical performance that is not intended to be staged or acted out. This is odd, since ''Tommy'' was the [[UrExample first]] [[TropeMakers widely]] [[TropeCodifier heard]] Rock Opera, and was farther on the opera side of this scale.

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The "opera"-ness of the form varies significantly. Some present the point of view of a single (possibly unnamed) character, while others have explicitly-named characters interacting with each other in song (and likely performed by different singers). TheOtherWiki's Wiki/TheOtherWiki's entry for ''Music/{{Tommy}}'' suggests that "rock cantata" or "rock song cycle" might be a more accurate term, since a rock opera is purely a musical performance that is not intended to be staged or acted out. This is odd, since ''Tommy'' was the [[UrExample first]] [[TropeMakers widely]] [[TropeCodifier heard]] Rock Opera, and was farther on the opera side of this scale.
4th Jun '17 12:05:54 PM nombretomado
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See RockOperaPlot for a plot trope specific and common to these. See RockOperas for an index of rock operas that have pages on TVTropes.

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See RockOperaPlot for a plot trope specific and common to these. See RockOperas for an index of rock operas that have pages on TVTropes.Wiki/TVTropes.
21st May '17 11:10:28 AM nombretomado
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* {{Music/Kamelot}} did this with their twin albums [[Music/EpicaAlbumSeries Epica and Black Halo]], which retell the story of Faust to melodic metal. They also have one set in VictorianBritain, called {{Music/Silverthorn}}.

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* {{Music/Kamelot}} did this with their twin albums [[Music/EpicaAlbumSeries Epica and Black Halo]], which retell the story of Faust to melodic metal. They also have one set in VictorianBritain, UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain, called {{Music/Silverthorn}}.
10th Apr '17 11:50:41 AM xlt_wolf
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* Speaking of Alice Cooper, he's no stranger to rock operas, with albums such as Welcome to my Nightmare and its sequel Welcome 2 My Nightmare, Alice Cooper Goes to Hell and Along Came A Spider.
21st Mar '17 7:14:33 AM Rik-B
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* Kamelot did this recently with their twin albums Epica and Black Halo, which retell the story of Faust to melodic metal.

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* Kamelot {{Music/Kamelot}} did this recently with their twin albums [[Music/EpicaAlbumSeries Epica and Black Halo, Halo]], which retell the story of Faust to melodic metal.metal. They also have one set in VictorianBritain, called {{Music/Silverthorn}}.
11th Feb '17 1:18:14 AM bt8257
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The Rock Opera is the rock ConceptAlbum taken to its logical conclusion: telling a single, complete story mostly--if not entirely--sung from one or more characters' points of view.

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The Rock Opera is the a rock ConceptAlbum taken to its logical conclusion: telling a single, complete story mostly--if not entirely--sung from one or more characters' points of view.
14th Dec '16 5:24:39 PM bt8257
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*** Then they put a semi-official "Part 4" on ''Vapor Trails'' years after the other three parts were released.

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*** Then they put a semi-official "Part 4" on ''Vapor Trails'' ''Music/VaporTrails'' years after the other three parts were released.



* ''Music/DaysOfRisingDoom'' by the supergroup Aina, bonus points as it was their ''only'' album.

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* ''Music/DaysOfRisingDoom'' ''Days of Rising Doom'' by the supergroup Aina, bonus points as it was their ''only'' album.



* ''Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)'', ''Preservtion Act 1'', ''Preservation Act 2'', ''Soap Opera'', and ''Schoolboys in Disgrace'' by Music/TheKinks.

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* ''Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)'', ''Preservtion ''Preservation Act 1'', ''Preservation Act 2'', ''Soap Opera'', and ''Schoolboys in Disgrace'' by Music/TheKinks.



* ''The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking'', ''Radio KAOS'', aand ''Amused to Death'', by Music/RogerWaters

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* ''The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking'', ''Radio KAOS'', aand and ''Amused to Death'', by Music/RogerWaters
14th Dec '16 5:07:38 PM bt8257
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* The oft forgotten ''Music/SFSorrow'' by the '60s British group, Music/ThePrettyThings. S.F. Sorrow tells the story of Sebastian F. Sorrow, who endures World War I, and then returns to his love, who is killed in a dirigible accident. Sorrow falls into a severe state of depression, and is then taken on a journey by the mythical Baron Saturday. The Baron throws Sorrow into a room of mirrors, where he sees the horrible truths and revelations of his life, ending with Sorrow secluding himself from society and building a mental and emotional wall. And this was ten years before Roger Waters had even thought of The Wall yet. Notable for being considered one of the first Rock Operas. Produced at Abbey Road, during the same time The Beatles were recording ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' and Music/PinkFloyd were recording ''Music/ThePiperAtTheGatesOfDawn.

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* The oft forgotten ''Music/SFSorrow'' by the '60s British group, Music/ThePrettyThings. S.F. Sorrow tells the story of Sebastian F. Sorrow, who endures World War I, and then returns to his love, who is killed in a dirigible accident. Sorrow falls into a severe state of depression, and is then taken on a journey by the mythical Baron Saturday. The Baron throws Sorrow into a room of mirrors, where he sees the horrible truths and revelations of his life, ending with Sorrow secluding himself from society and building a mental and emotional wall. And this was ten years before Roger Waters had even thought of The Wall yet. Notable for being considered one of the first Rock Operas. Produced at Abbey Road, during the same time The Beatles Music/TheBeatles were recording ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' and Music/PinkFloyd were recording ''Music/ThePiperAtTheGatesOfDawn.''Music/ThePiperAtTheGatesOfDawn''.
14th Dec '16 5:06:20 PM bt8257
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A recent subgenre of the Rock Opera is the UrbanOpera or "hip-hopera," concept albums and musicals telling stories using hip-hop instead of rock music. A well-known example of hip-hopera would be Music/RKelly's epic, ongoing "Music/TrappedInTheCloset", with 33 chapters and counting. However, rappers are more likely to have a story-telling song or two on each album than dedicate one entirely.

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A recent subgenre of the Rock Opera is the UrbanOpera or "hip-hopera," "hip-hopera", concept albums and musicals telling stories using hip-hop instead of rock music. A well-known example of hip-hopera would be Music/RKelly's epic, ongoing "Music/TrappedInTheCloset", with 33 chapters and counting. However, rappers are more likely to have a story-telling song or two on each album than dedicate one entirely.



* ''Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)'' by Music/TheKinks
* {{Music/Savatage}} released three rock operas: ''Music/StreetsARockOpera'', ''Music/DeadWinterDead'', and ''Music/TheWakeOfMagellan''. A song off ''Dead Winter Dead'', "Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24", became a surprise hit and inspired them to experiment further with the style, [[MorePopularSpinoff leading to...]]

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* ''Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)'' Empire)'', ''Preservtion Act 1'', ''Preservation Act 2'', ''Soap Opera'', and ''Schoolboys in Disgrace'' by Music/TheKinks
Music/TheKinks.
* {{Music/Savatage}} Music/{{Savatage}} released three rock operas: ''Music/StreetsARockOpera'', ''Music/DeadWinterDead'', and ''Music/TheWakeOfMagellan''. A song off ''Dead Winter Dead'', "Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24", became a surprise hit and inspired them to experiment further with the style, [[MorePopularSpinoff leading to...]]



* ''Radio KAOS'', by Music/RogerWaters

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* ''The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking'', ''Radio KAOS'', aand ''Amused to Death'', by Music/RogerWaters



* The oft forgotten ''Music/SFSorrow'' by the '60s British group, Music/ThePrettyThings. S.F. Sorrow tells the story of Sebastian F. Sorrow, who endures World War I, and then returns to his love, who is killed in a dirigible accident. Sorrow falls into a severe state of depression, and is then taken on a journey by the mythical Baron Saturday. The Baron throws Sorrow into a room of mirrors, where he sees the horrible truths and revelations of his life, ending with Sorrow secluding himself from society and building a mental and emotional wall. And this was ten years before Roger Waters had even thought of The Wall yet. Notable for being considered one of the first Rock Operas. Produced at Abbey Road, during the same time The Beatles were recording ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' and Music/PinkFloyd were recording ''Music/PiperAtTheGatesOfDawn.
* ''The Story of Simon Simopath'', a 1967 album by Nirvana (not ''that'' Music/{{Nirvana}}, [[NamesTheSame the other Nirvana]]), is said by ThatOtherWiki to be the [[UrExample earliest example]] of a rock album containing a single unified narrative.

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* The oft forgotten ''Music/SFSorrow'' by the '60s British group, Music/ThePrettyThings. S.F. Sorrow tells the story of Sebastian F. Sorrow, who endures World War I, and then returns to his love, who is killed in a dirigible accident. Sorrow falls into a severe state of depression, and is then taken on a journey by the mythical Baron Saturday. The Baron throws Sorrow into a room of mirrors, where he sees the horrible truths and revelations of his life, ending with Sorrow secluding himself from society and building a mental and emotional wall. And this was ten years before Roger Waters had even thought of The Wall yet. Notable for being considered one of the first Rock Operas. Produced at Abbey Road, during the same time The Beatles were recording ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' and Music/PinkFloyd were recording ''Music/PiperAtTheGatesOfDawn.
''Music/ThePiperAtTheGatesOfDawn.
* ''The Story of Simon Simopath'', a 1967 album by Nirvana (not ''that'' Music/{{Nirvana}}, [[NamesTheSame the other Nirvana]]), is said by ThatOtherWiki [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] to be the [[UrExample earliest example]] of a rock album containing a single unified narrative.
13th Dec '16 4:32:16 PM bt8257
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A recent subgenre of the Rock Opera is the UrbanOpera or "hip-hopera," concept albums and musicals telling stories using hip-hop instead of rock music. A well-known example of hip-hopera would be Music/RKelly's epic, ongoing "Music/TrappedInTheCloset," with 22 chapters and counting. However, rappers are more likely to have a story-telling song or two on each album than dedicate one entirely.

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A recent subgenre of the Rock Opera is the UrbanOpera or "hip-hopera," concept albums and musicals telling stories using hip-hop instead of rock music. A well-known example of hip-hopera would be Music/RKelly's epic, ongoing "Music/TrappedInTheCloset," "Music/TrappedInTheCloset", with 22 33 chapters and counting. However, rappers are more likely to have a story-telling song or two on each album than dedicate one entirely.
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