Sydney Olympics faked part of their opening ceremony too
Directors involved with the 2000 Sydney Olympics admit that part of their opening ceremony was faked. Apparently the performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra was entirely prerecorded, and not even by the host city's orchestra. Parts were recorded by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Does this mean Vancouver will ask Calgary Philharmonic to record ours for 2010?
China isn't the only country to fake a musical performance during an Olympic opening ceremony. Turns out Australia knows a thing about miming music, too.
Eight years after Sydney hosted the 2000 Summer Olympics, officials with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra acknowledged their stirring performance at the opening ceremony was entirely prerecorded. And perhaps even more cringe-inducing for Sydney residents: some of the music was recorded by the symphony of rival city Melbourne.
The revelation followed an international uproar over China's decision to pass off the voice of a seven-year-old singer as that of another girl at this year's Olympic opening ceremony.
The Beijing ceremony's chief music director said the real singer, Yang Peiyi, wasn't good looking enough. So the pigtailed and perky Lin Miaoke mouthed the words to Ode to the Motherland instead at the ceremony.
Trevor Green, managing director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO), confirmed on Friday that the 2000 opening ceremony performance had been prerecorded by both the Sydney and Melbourne orchestras, saying that steps must be taken to ensure mistakes aren't made live during high-profile events.