Step to make performers belt their notes—just not for too long. 

In these tight fiscal times, companies are struggling to get people to the opera. So Quebec tried something different -- it brought the opera to the people.

As part of Quebec's Festival d’Opéra, the Canadian French-language TV network TFO assembled a 12-note "Living Piano," with each note powered by a different performer. Each singer wore a vibrating bracelet that buzzed whenever his or her corresponding key was stepped on. Watch the result in this hilarious video, created by advertising company Lowe Roche for TFO. 

(h/t PSFK)

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