Berlin swimming pool hosts underwater opera


“Aquaria Palaoa” is the brainchild of Claudia Herr, a champion swimmer in her youth before turning to singing. Playing the lead role, she dives into the Stadtbad Neukölln pool in her green evening dress, oxygen tanks strapped to her back, to sing underwater with the whale-like sounds she produces transmitted onto speakers situated around the swimming pool using special microphones. Other singers will join her, but the orchestra stays dry, seated around the pool, which I guess is just good for the Stradivariuses. See via

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