I guess you could say the Breaking Bad series isn’t over until the fat lady sings because Breaking Bad is supposedly getting an opera. The New York City-based One World Symphony is working on an opera inspired by the show as well as Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ozymandias” to be called “Breaking Bad — Ozymandias.”
According to The Wrap, “The mini-opera, set for Jan 26-27, 2014, is the creation of composter-conductor Sung Jin Hong, and the company said it will explore the question that the drama asked, ‘Are we all breaking bad?’”
There were multiple references to the Shelley poem in the final season of the AMC series and you probably recall that episode with the title “Ozymandias” as being particularly upsetting. The poem contains this memorable line: “Nothing beside remains. Round the decay of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare. The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
Hong wrote in a blog post:
“Cancer became an allegory for evil for the protagonist in ‘Breaking Bad.’ When Walt White was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, we the audience emotionally supported him and forgave some of his actions, as they may have appeared to be justified. When the cancer went into remission, an intangible cancer was growing — his hubris and lust for power.”
According to Hong, the details still need to be confirmed.
There is no information from AMC so whether or not they are involved is unknown at this time.
Either way, it certainly sounds interesting. What do you think?