An improbable source of short new opera is Improbable Research‘s annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. Improbable Research collects and conducts offbeat research that “makes people laugh and then think”, as they put it. The Ig Nobel Prizes are held yearly at Harvard commemorating unusual and imaginative research that can foster interest in science with the blessing of actual Nobel laureates, who hand out the awards.
Since 1996, each awards ceremony has also included the premiere of a new mini-opera written by Marc Abrahams, editor and co-founder of Improbable Research. They’re included on the Ig Nobel Prize archive page, though most only have the libretto… However, 2009’s opera, “The Big Bank Opera” is up in full, starting with Act 1:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20B_chX9iiU&w=350&h=300]