We are Tiffany and Rebekah Brannan, the Lost Art Soprani Sisters.
We are lifting our voices in classical song to help the sun rise on a new day of pure entertainment.
We have been training to be opera singers for nine years. We dreamed of singing the great music of the famous operas on the stage someday. Initially, we were so young that we found few opportunities for performing and faced a lot of discrimination because of our youth. People were unwilling to believe that young singers could be as talented and able as prodigious classical instrumentalists, insisting that the voice is different than an instrument. Eventually, we realized that we are facing another problem, which time will not cure. When we are ready for opera, it will not be ready for us. In recent years, modernization has flooded professional opera in the United States and most of the world. It is almost impossible to find a traditional production anywhere in our country today.
Opera is no longer taken seriously and treated with respect. Operas which were written two or three hundred years ago are translated, put in different locations and time periods, given new story lines, humorized with modern and indecent comedy, costumed with risqué and inaccurate garments, and staged with absurd sets and choreography. Die Entfuehrung as dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, originally set in 16th century Turkey, has been set in the 1920s on the Orient Express in Paris. Rigoletto by Giuseppi Verdi, originally set in the 1520s in Paris, has been set in 1960 in a Las Vegas nightclub. Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar) by George Frideric Handel, originally set in ancient Egypt during the time of Cleopatra VII’s reign, has been put in a ridiculous hodgepodge of the British invasion of India, flapper dresses, Bollywood dancing, kilts, Zeppelins, breast plates, and zombies. The current youth of America does not have the opportunity to see live classic operas they way they were written. The composers, geniuses of past centuries, are unable to defend and protect their music, libretti, and stories. Their lifework is being changed with neither their permission nor their consent. That is the worst kind of censorship imaginable.
We started the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society (PEPS) in 2016 to bring traditional, decent entertainment back to America and the world. When we learned about the Motion Picture Production Code in the summer of 2016, it changed our whole outlook toward the arts and the timeline of the 20th century. It also gave us new hope for the 21st century. We realized that films, the rest of the arts, and American society in general have been declining since Joseph I. Breen retired from his twenty-year post as the head of the Production Code Administration in 1954. When the Code was replaced with the rating system in 1968, the decay became even worse, leading to the current state of moral corruption which characterizes our society. We decided that the Code is the only thing which can revive decency in the arts, since Hollywood influences all of the arts. Opera, as well as ballet and the theatre, imitates and models itself after Hollywood. Thus, Hollywood is the root of the problem with opera and the other arts, but it’s also the solution to it.
PEPS aims to bring the Code back to Hollywood. We also want to encourage the opera and ballet industries to adopt shorter, simpler production codes. PEPS has existed for a year and a half. During that time, we have written 126 articles about classic Hollywood, the Code, and pure entertainment. However, it is time to do more than just write.
Now we want to sing to tell the story about the Code, Hollywood’s past, and our society’s future. Our concert programs feature classical songs that represent different themes, time periods, and specific movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood. We pair these with classical songs and operetta pieces which were actually performed in classic movies to create well-rounded concerts that both entertain and educate about Old Hollywood history. Tiffany’s brief speaking between songs creates the thread which ties the entire program together. Vintage-styles clothes, movie-inspired costumes, and accompanying hats and headpieces are the final panache on the program.
We are eager to perform, so we are looking for opportunities throughout Southern California.
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