According to The New York Times, writing an opera is the "ultimate challenge and the ultimate achievement in a composer's life." Hopefully, that doesn't mean that English prodigy Alma Deutscher peaked too early, writing her first mini opera at seven and her first full-length opera at 10. But even if she did, that's a hell of a peak.
She's coming for you, Mozart, you shit-loving perv.
Alma started playing the piano at age two, and picked up the violin at three, probably because she was bored and needed a better challenge for her hands than finger painting. She quickly became so proficient at both instruments that she was able to write her first sonata at six, and her first short opera at seven, which told a story about a Dream Sweeper who helps people forget their dreams. That's some brilliant fairy tale existentialism coming from an age group that thinks Cars 2 is a good movie.
At 10, Alma composed a full-length opera about Cinderella, which will be shown in Vienna (complete with costumes and a full orchestra) in December of this year. In Alma's version, however, the prince falls in love with Cinderella's melody, and later tries to find her using that song rather than a piece of wildly impractical glass footwear.
At least this time, nobody will try to mutilate their feet.
Most recently, Alma performed at the Henley Festival alongside such greats as Elton John and Elvis Costello. Still no Grammy nomination, though, so Joey Alexander can hold that over her if they get into a fight at a cocktail party or something.
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