Cigarettes and anisette

songfromtheuproarMissy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s opera Song From the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt is based on the journals of Isabelle Eberhardt; a Swiss explorer, mystic and writer who roamed the deserts of North Africa before her untimely death at the age of 27.  It was conceived as a multi-media opera and staged as such at The Kitchen in New York in 2012.  A studio CD recording was made by the original cast soon after.  One can get a s sense for the look and feel of the stage piece from the trailer for the original show which is still available on Youtube.

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Horror movie opera

CA21150.20190613035144Acquanetta; music by Michael Gordon, libretto by Deborah Artman, is a one act chamber opera in ten scenes lasting around 70 minutes. It’s a sort of homage to the B movie horror genre and specifically riffs off the 1943 film Captive Wild Woman in which a mad scientist turns an ape into a sultry temptress. The opera got its North American premier in Brooklyn in January 2018 and was reviewed by Patrick Dillon in Opera Canada Volume LVIII No. 4. Subsequently a CD version was recorded in the studio.

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