Bliss! It's a multimedia sensation! You know about Bliss, the novel and Bliss the film, and of course you know about Bliss, the opera. But do you know about...
...Bliss, the Twitter hashtag
It all started with @ElissaMilne, who thought my tweet about my opening night dress meant the opera had already opened. Panicking, she tagged her tweet with "#donotmissBliss". I said it deserved to be a trending topic, and a campaign was born. A number of us are now using this hashtag as frequently (and creatively!) as we can. We haven't got it trending yet but we're having a brilliant time trying, so if you're the tweeting type, please join in. Brainless memes and Justin Bieber (who?) are hard to displace, it's true, but how thrilling would it be if we actually made it happen? And even if we don't trend, I'm sure you'll agree that encouraging people not to miss Bliss is a massively worthy aim.
...Bliss, the orchestral suite
I've linked to this before, but it bears repeating. You can listen online here to Brett Dean's Moments of Bliss, an orchestral suite drawn from the opera. At the Bliss symposium last Sunday, Brett said that while the suite doesn't necessarily appear in "great slabs", almost every bar of it has made it into the finished opera — so it's a nice way to whet your appetite.
...Bliss, the radio interview
Andrew Ford's very recent interview with Peter Coleman-Wright is a very engaging introduction to both the plot and the music of Bliss. It also includes a snippet of Moments, but perhaps even more interesting is the brief snippet included from Songs of Joy, in which we hear Harry Joy describing his vision of Heaven and Hell. Check out that falsetto!
I don't have Twitter, but for crying out loud
If you miss Bliss,
You'll be seriously pissed,
And you'll boo and you'll hiss,
"What the hell is with this?"
Don't go get on the piss,
Get an earful of dis,
Go and BOOK NOW FOR BLISS:
Pete'll blow you a kiss.
It is not to be missed.
So, we'll see you at Bliss?
You can see why I've dubbed Alex The Mad Scene's Poet Laureate. (She's also just written a Peter CW inspired haiku which I absolutely love.)
...Bliss, the menu item
Maybe I shouldn't even admit to this one. A friend (and the creator of John Wegner is awesome, as it happens) came over on Friday night, bearing pie. The pie was compensation for the hideous movie we were then obliged to watch. But she asked me beforehand what picture I'd like onto the top of the pie, and naturally, since my mind has only one track, I said "Bliss!" Thus, The Bliss Pie. (Yes, it took me a moment too. But that's an elephant sitting on a car, with three honey bees hovering overhead.)
...Bliss, the costume party
I've already mentioned this, too, but let me encourage you yet again to dress up and come along to Bliss Eighties Night on March 25th. Come even if you don't want to dress up, it looks like being a very fun evening.
...Bliss, the documentary
The ABC's Artscape will screen a documentary on March 16th entitled Making Opera Bliss, offering a behind-the-scenes process of this world premiere. Indeed, the documentary forms part of what they're calling a "Bliss-a-thon", allowing viewers to explore "the book, the film and finally the opera...on ABC1, ABC2 and the Arts Gateway".
...Bliss, the TV/cinema broadcast
Said Bliss-a-thon culminates in the live TV and cinema broadcast of Bliss on March 17th. If you can't be in the house (which is where I'll be!) then somewhere, somehow, there is a screen you can watch it on. And watch it you must. You don't need me to tell you that.
...Bliss, the unmissable opera
This is what all the above, however loopy, comes down to — you have to go. Bliss is a significant happening in all kinds of ways. And besides, it's packed with such potential for wonderfulness — just look at the artistic forces involved! — that you'd have to be crazier than Harry at his craziest not to experience it for yourself. Once at least, and more if you can. Do not miss Bliss. And spread the word: #donotmissBliss.