#Operaplot Visuals

#Operaplotters have reported a sharp increase in spare time now that the contest has closed as well as an inability to know what to do with it. For some, analysis has proven to be a comforting time filler. @Dumbledad in particular has created several interesting visuals, the first of which is a Wordle diagram of the entries. Regular readers may remember Miss Mussel’s iTunes Wordle meme from last summer.


For those that don’t know, Wordle transforms submitted text into a word map with the number of times a word is repeated reflected in the size of the word. So, for all the incest, rape, backstabbing, frontstabbing, suicide and deceit, opera (and therefore life) is really all about love. How sweet.

@Dumbledad has arranged the data in another interesting way as well. The diagram is better appreciated on the original site because you can see what’s in the little white boxes but here’s a .gif version to tempt you.


And finally, @otterhouse has created a short Youtube video of @dumbledad’s Wordle set to a 1955 version of Franco Corelli singing Esultate! from Verdi’s Othello.


  1. The tree map of how many twitter #operaplot summaries there were is odd. It clearly shows that the most summarised composers are (in order of popularity) Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Wagner, Strauss, Britten, Handel, Donizetti, etc. I don’t have data for the number of opera performances put on around the world but I’d bet that they’d follow a similar list (perhaps with Puccini first, and Bizet higher up). But while we were in the thick of The Omniscient Mussel’s second #operaplot competition it felt like we were surrounded by much rarer operas.

  2. frindley

    And then I alarmed dumbledad by proposing a graph of the librettists involved so we could see how the Metastasios, the Da Pontes, the Pushkins and all the others responsible for opera plotting stack up.

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