Bill Clinton’s life story is the basis for a new opera

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The life of the forty-second President of the United States, Bill Clinton, is being turned into a one-act, southern folk opera. 

Unfortunately, before you go on imagining lewd sexual acts over orgasmic arias accompanied by banjos and metal spoons, you should know that the opera's about his adolescence. Entitled Billy Blythe, it's a coming-of-age story, chronicling a day in the life of young Clinton (the title is a reference to his birth name before he changed it at sixteen) and how the Southern landscape of the late 1950s shaped him as a man.

Okay, so maybe it's not as exciting as it could have been, but Bonnie Montgomery, creator of the opera, has confidence in the material. She said: 

“His life story is full of action and exaggerated Southern characters. It’s an amazing story that a man can come from where he came from and become the president. His personality is mythical and where he came from provides the perfect mythical backdrop."

"Mythical" may be stretching it a bit, but leaked performance clips on YouTube show it's at least… something.