Japan’s virtual idol Hatsune Miku starred an opera show called “The End” on November 12 at the Parisian Theatre du Chatelet.
Although no orchestra or people were on the stage, about 2,000 French spectators applauded the vocal performance of the Japanese superstar, with some of them shouting “Bravo!”
Known for her long turquoise pigtails, the virtual heroine is the persona of the singing synthesizer application of the same name, which was developed by musical instrument maker Yamaha Corp, according to the international press.
Hatsune Miku emerged on a large screen clad in a costume designed by a fashion stylist from Louis Vuitton, an outfit that was admired by many French women who attended the show dressed up in Hatsune Miku costumes.
“Her beauty is eternal, but that is only because she is virtual,” said a 19-year-old woman who said she is studying Japanese at a university in Orleans. “I was impressed by her unstable existence.”
A man from the audience said he enjoyed Miku’s performance, but that he was as well confused by the show.
“Hatsune Miku was not only cute, but also seemed to try to convey a deep message to us,” the 59-year-old man said. “But I was confused by the sounds and images.”
Keiichiro Shibuya, a musician who was involved in the special screening, said that is the point.
“I hoped to make an impact with art as ukiyoe paintings did,” Shibuya said after Hatsune Miku’s performance. “If our show confused spectators, that is what we wanted.”