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Quotation1 And my music can whoop y'all's music! Quotation2
Operetta in "Hiss-teria"

Operetta is a 2010-introduced and all-around character. As the daughter of the Phantom of the Opera, she is a France-born but Gnarleston-raised phantom and these days a student at Monster High. Operetta has the double reputation of a diva and of a rebel, demanding respect from those around her but at the same time turning her back on etiquette, convention, and rules. In general, she avoids her fellow students in order to hang out in the catacombs, where she has her own theater and recording room. Music is Operetta's passion in life; she is a talented singer, though her powers do not allow her to give live performances, and skilled with both the guitar and the organ. She enjoys playing for audiences, but she reserves conversations about music solely for those who share her level of devotion. Though likely to leave a bad first impression, Operetta has a strong sense of justice that guides her through unlife.

Portrayers

In English, she was voiced by Gigi Sarroino in volume 2, now she is voiced by Cindy Robinson since volume 3.

In Latin American Spanish, she was voiced by Martha Hernández in volume 2, and now she is voiced by Claudia Mota since volume 3.

Character

Background

Operetta was born in France, but at a young age moved with her family to New Goreleans. She grew up on her parents' riverboat opera house on the Mississippi, Facebook eventually taking most cultural influence from Gnarleston. Hickmayleeun Her accent, independent spirit, love for blue and rockabilly, boat know-how, and friendship with Fynn all come from these formative years that lasted until she reached the age of sixteen. Facebook At that time, her father made another career change to become a teacher at Monster High. Although not thrilled, Operetta did not object to the move and in due time found herself liking the all-monster high school. Operetta's 'Campus Stroll' diary All the same, she does stay in close contact with her childhood environment, Fynn in particular. She regularly sends them her diary pages to read, and Fynn every so often builds her a custom guitar. Operetta's Frights, Camera, Action! - Hauntlywood diary

Whichever part of her heritage is responsible for it, while Operetta enjoys performing, live singing is out of the question. Her voice has three special properties: her screams can break various materials Monster Mashionals Part 2 and if she sings live, she either disorients the people listening to her for a long time Operetta's profile Lost and Sound or she gains mind-control of them. The latter would be useful for building a career, but Operetta wants to be acknowledged for her actual skill and on the whole disapproves of manipulative tactics like that. Venus's 'Between Classes' diary The sole way to get around her voice's magical properties is to listen to a recording of it. Here Comes Treble

Personality

Operetta is a tough girl with determination to spare. Described as "a bit of a diva" with a "set of pipes", Holt Hyde's 'Basic' diary she's a rebellious teenager who loathes being told what to do and what to leave. She's foremost a loner who drives in her own lane and avoids social obligations. She secludes herself inside the catacombs of Monster High, where she has all she needs: a little amphitheater of her own with a pipe organ where she can practice her one passion, music. Phantom of the Opry Although praise and disapproval don't faze her much, admiration Operetta's 'Campus Stroll' diary and mockery Hiss-teria of her music is a sure hit. The right compliment goes a long way with her, but those that land on her bad side find themselves the target of her vindictive side until the score is settled. Here Comes Treble

During her first months at Monster High, what little peer contact Operetta agreed to did not make for a good start. To a point, her own personality and reputation played a role in that, as she's nothing short of intimidating and reluctant to connect. Misunderstandings and egos as fierce as hers did the rest. Hiss-teria However, since making her first few friends, Operetta has eased into being an actual part of Monster High. A major event was joining the SKRM team, which she initially rejected for being conformist, then joined anyway because girls were mocked for wanting to play, and eventually stayed on because she'd learned to enjoy it. Friday Night Frights

Appearance

Operetta has medium purple skin contrasted by bright red and black hair. Most notably, she has an excessive birthmark on the left side of her face in the shape of spider webs and musical notes. It reaches down via her neck to cover up to the left shoulder. Operetta has made it her own by using the look as inspiration for a matching tattoo that follows the length of her left arm. Forgettable in comparison, she also has a mole under the left side of her lower lip. She has grey-purple eyes of which the one on the left almost always is covered or framed by something; usually a mask, but it can also be a veil or (assymetrical) sunglasses. What with her being a fan of Elvis Presley, her fashion sense is inspired by that of the 1950s and the occasional shift towards the 1960s. Music is another influence and she also likes to accessorize with web and dice imagery. The latter combines with her love for the colors white and black in her clothes, which lend themselves well for dice in addition to such things as keyboards and vinyl records. Other recurring colors are dark purple and red.

Relationships

Family

Operetta is the daughter of the Phantom of the Opera and another phantom. They are highly formal people and wish Operetta would follow their example, but do not force her to. Operetta's 'Campus Stroll' diary The family lived in France until a few years after Operetta's birth and then moved to New Goreleans, where the Phantom took a job on a riverboat opera house Facebook and occasionally did voice coaching. Hickmayleeun At age 16, Operetta would again experience a major move when her father signed up to teach Haunted Music as a night class at Monster High. Operetta made the best of it, finding herself happy with the change of setting after a while. Operetta's 'Campus Stroll' diary

It is possible that Operetta's mother is Southeastern America-born, because Operetta has at least one grandmother who lives there. She has a good relationship with her and coincidentally her grandmother is best friends with the grandmother of Honey Swamp. Welcome to Hauntlywood

Friends

There are three things that Operetta likes in people aside from general kindness: sharing cultural ties with her, having a rebellious streak, and being committed to music. As a result, her closest connections are Fynn, Deuce Gorgon, Holt Hyde, Catty Noir, Casta Fierce, Honey Swamp, Robecca Steam, and Johnny Spirit, whom she's become romantically involved with.

Fynn is Operetta's oldest and strongest friend. They taught her how to play guitar and builds her her guitars. Operetta dedicates her diaries to them, though sporadically voices her wish that Fynn would modernize so they can keep direct contact through technology. Operetta's 'Campus Stroll' diary Operetta has another old-fashioned friend in Robecca, whom she admires as the first girl to make a name for herself in SKRM. After a new team was established for Monster High, which Operetta and Robecca were both on, Operetta was the only one to notice Robecca's emotional turmoil over playing her first game since recovering from a century-long deactivation. She took a moment to make sure the other was alright; a gesture that was appreciated. Friday Night Frights

Holt and Deuce are among Operetta's earliest friends at Monster High and for both she briefly had feelings. In Holt's case, he proved to be too hotheaded for her tastes, but after that rough start they did find room to become close friends as the school's main musicians. Operetta's Frights, Camera, Action! - Hauntlywood diary Operetta even was among the first Holt wanted to show off Jackson too once he figured out they were one and the same and was unaware everyone else long knew. In the Spotlight As for Deuce, Operetta met him after deciding to steal him from Cleo as payback for the other's false accusations. What she didn't count on was to instantly hit it off with him. Realizing what kind of relation she was messing with and the pain she'd cause him, she backed off Phantom of the Opry and even did her part supporting them by helping Deuce compose a song for Cleo. Here Comes Treble

Operetta gained a new friend in Catty Noir when the pop sensation put her career on pause to attend Monster High. The meeting was mutually exciting, because while Operetta is not a star of Catty's size, Catty's guitar player is a big fan of hers and often would play Operetta's music while touring. Catty Noir's New Scaremester agenda It is presumably through Catty that Operetta also got to befriend Casta Fierce, another big name, but one who is past her high school years. Casta Fierce's profile Another connection Operetta made outside of Monster High is Honey Swamp, whom she met when the whole of Monster High was invited for the premiere of Veronica Von Vamp's latest movie. The two girls clicked immediately over their cultural roots as well as the fact their grandmothers are best friends. Welcome to Hauntlywood

Pet

Profile art - Memphis Longlegs

Her pet, Memphis "Daddy O" Longlegs is a purple spider with Elvis Presley-styled hair, named after Memphis, where Elvis Presley grew up. Operetta mentions that he can "rock a pompadour while playing a standup bass".

Romance

There are three boys Operetta has had romantic feelings for and one short-lived crush. The short-lived crush was on Archer, a boy who caught the eye of many girls, but her efforts to connect with him were at least 50% about her rivalry with Toralei. The Stich-uation The first genuine case is Holt Hyde, with whom she went on one date before hitting the brakes. He proved himself up her level on music and behaved like a gentleman well enough, but his temper got the better of him when he thought a gargoyle was being purposely rough. Rather, they were at a packed concert and the gargoyle knocked down Operetta by accident. He apologized, but Holt witnessed it from afar and did not hear this. Instead of looking into the story first, he went full out against the gargoyle until the the bouncers escorted him and Operetta out, an event Operetta found humiliating. Holt tried to make it up with flowers, but the damage was already done on their chance at romance. On the upside, they developed a solid friendship instead a while later. Operetta's Frights, Camera, Action! - Hauntlywood diary

The second boy Operetta could see herself be with was Deuce Gorgon. He wasn't on her radar at all until Cleo accused her of trying to get with her boyfriend. Seeking revenge over the preposterous accusation, Operetta took her up on it. Unexpectedly, she and Deuce clicked within seconds of meeting and what started as mere payback became sincere interest. When she hinted at liking him, Deuce let her know that while he thought she was cool, he already was with Cleo. After a little more prodding, Operetta realized the relationship she was trying to break up was not a superficial one and she would do more harm than her revenge was worth if she persisted. So, she decided to help out instead. Taking a cue from Cleo's evident insecurity over Deuce's feelings, Phantom of the Opry she helped Deuce compose a song to express himself to his girlfriend. It earned her his forever friendship without Cleo being suspicious. Here Comes Treble

Eventually, Operetta came in contact with Johnny Spirit, a student who'd been enrolled longer than she'd been but whose bad attitude had earned him a very long time of detention. Coincidentally, before his detention began the catacombs were his hangout, forcing a confrontation between the two of them over who'd get the place. As they are both musicians, they agreed to a jam-off. What started as a competition tuned into a jam session they performed for fun rather than gain. Playing the Boos In the days that followed, Operetta and Johnny grew towards each other and entered an informal relationship. Haunted

Timeline

  • October 23, 2007: Mattel requests the trademark for Operetta.
  • October, 2010: Operetta makes her diary debut in Holt's 'Basic' diary.
  • September 17, 2011: Operetta's profile art is revealed on the Monster High Facebook account.
  • September 21, 2011: Operetta's doll is displayed on the Monster High Facebook account.
  • September 29, 2011: Operetta makes her 2D cartoon debut in "Hiss-teria".
  • September 29, 2011: Operetta's profile is published on the Monster High website. It originally lists her BFF's as being Holt Hyde and Heath Burns, and features a BFF stamp on Cleo de Nile. This is changed shortly after to mention only Holt Hyde and Deuce Gorgon as Operetta's BFF's.
  • October 23, 2011: In response to questions about Operetta not being French, part of her student file is released on the Monster High Facebook account.
  • Late January, 2012: Operetta's first doll is released as part of the 'Campus Stroll' series.
  • February 12, 2012: Operetta makes her 3D cartoon debut in "Why Do Ghouls Fall in Love?".

Notes

  • Operetta's character is a very elaborate play on her father's character. While her father is the Phantom of the Opera, she is the Phantom of the Opry. An opry is an establishment that features live country music (rockabilly took much influence from country music), and the term originated as a diminutive form of the word "opera". As per Operetta's student file, she and her parents moved from France to New Orleans, a former French colony, and her father took a job on a riverboat opera house, likely on the Mississippi River. This presumably brought Operetta in contact with Nashville, Tennessee, the "City of Music" where the Grand Ole Opry is located, and Memphis, Tennessee, where Elvis Presley grew up.
    • Operetta's hairstyle mainly follows the Bettie Page pinup look or a combination of the "Happy Pompadour" bangs with "Victory Roll" sides hairstyle.
    • Her pet, Memphis "Daddy O" Longlegs, is named after Memphis, Tennessee. He sports a pompadour like Elvis Presley.
    • Operetta's favorite food, fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, is referred to as an Elvis Sandwich.
    • Johnny Spirit, her main romance, is based on the song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", which is an ode to the history of Bluegrass, country, and country rock.
  • During the early development months of Monster High, Operetta was supposed to be a starter character. The role planned for her was eventually given to Cleo de Nile. The cartoon and diary storylines in which Cleo suspects Deuce replacing her with Operetta are a reference to these early plans.[1]
  • Although it is unsafe for her to sing live, during the song “All Monsters’ Day” she is seen singing on the parade float with Catty without any problems, although she may have just been lip-syncing to Catty’s singing.

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References

  1. October 16, 2013 - The Mommy and Gracie Show