Operazone "the redesign"
This production by Alan Douglas and Bill Laswell reinvents our emotional
participation in the operazone! Tartly, even somewhat irreverently, Douglas’
conception and Laswell’s reconstruction have stripped opera of its preposterous
plots and trite clichés. The burbling tenor and tremulous soprano bel
cantos have been replaced by the wordless, sonorous voice of Byard Lancaster
on saxophone and the molten fire of Graham Haynes’ cornet and flugelhorn.
In allowing Karl Berger to weave a magical tapestry of strings, Laswell
has delivered a coup de grace with the rhythmic intensity of tabla beats
and waves of sizzling cymbals and other carefully crafted percussion.
Stripped of the predictable, opera has been restored to the art of soulful
surprise, while destroying all rational thought.
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