Sunday, September 7, 2008

Waiter, There's a Fly in My Opera

The Fly: The Opera makes its American debut tonight in Los Angeles. Based on the 1986 movie (which itself was a remake of the 1958 horror classic), David Cronenberg returns to direct the production, which features a new score by the film's composer, Academy Award winner Howard Shore, and a libretto by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang; the three reunite after their film version of Hwang's M. Butterfly. Rounding out the big names behind-the-scenes is none other then Plácido Domingo, who is conducting the new piece. Here's a video preview made prior to its world premiere in Paris earlier this year.

Joining Cronenberg for the launch of LA Opera's new season are fellow film directors William Friedkin and Woody Allen, who are sharing directing duties on Puccini's Il Trittico. Both productions will run in repertory at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through September 27.

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