Filmmaker Woody Allen has shocked fans with the announcement he is to direct an opera in California.
Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, general director of the Los Angeles opera, has invited Allen to direct an epic in September 2008.
Allen says, "I have no idea what I am doing. But incompetence has never prevented me from plunging in with enthusiasm."
Allen will direct Gianni Schicchi, part of Puccini's Il Trittico opera trio.