What is Gonzo Opera?

The line “gonzoopera” was a cheat code for the 1999 PC game Commandos – more specifically the expansion pack Beyond the Call of Duty. Long before that was a title associated with any sort of military first person shooter.

Gonzo is also the name of a type of journalism popularised by the late Hunter S. Thompson. Gonzo journalism tends to place the narrator of the piece in the mids of the action and by reporting gonzo style, you make yourself part of the news. It breaks with the traditional journalistic principle of objectivity. Gonzo pornography is a style of pornographic film that attempts to place the viewer directly into the scene.

Gonzo, also known as The Great Gonzo and Gonzo the Great, is a Muppet character known for his eccentric passion for stunt performance.

Opera is the Italian word for work – both in the sense of labour done and result produced. It derrives from the Latin word opera or opus, which in English usually refers to a collection or set of works of art.

Opera is also a dramatic art form combining text and music in a theatrical setting.