In an attempt to save a forgotten and sadly deteriorated fresco of Jesus, an elderly woman in Spain tries her hand at its restoration, only to make matters worse. Outrage is rampant and threats are made; even the spirit of the original artist gets into the act. When a photo of her botched restoration goes viral, tourists from the world over arrive—mysteriously drawn to her efforts—helping revitalize the economy of the struggling town. Was it a miracle? Great outsider art? A selfless act of faith? Or just another internet meme?
One could argue that what Gimenez did to frescoes, Flack and Fowler do for opera — not botching it, but bringing an old and oft-deemed archaic mode of artistic expression into contemporary relevance.