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|Author:||Roy [ Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:58 pm ]|
|Post subject:||SF Opera|
1777 feminist opera at New York City's Hayden Planetarium. Andy Porter tells me IL MONDO DELLA LUNA (The World on the Moon); an opera by Joseph Haydn, will be performed this month.
For the first time ever, the Hayden Planetarium will be transformed into an intimate opera house using a 180-degree dome and projections courtesy of NASA. Taking advantage of breakthroughs in laser and light technology, Il mondo della luna will fuse live opera and stargazing, immersing the audience in a completely new kind of theatrical event - an out-of-this-world experience for opera lovers, science buffs, and theatergoers alike. The production will be directed by Diane Paulus, director of Hair, which received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, and whom Opera News calls one of the top 25 names in U.S. opera.
Gotham Chamber Opera will literally take audiences to the moon in this production, Haydn's personal favorite of all his operas. Written in 1777, it's the story of a nobleman who refuses to let his daughters marry their true loves. With the help of a fake astronomer and a sleeping potion, the daughters trick their father into believing he's been sent to the moon, where he discovers they do things differently, especially when it comes to courtship. On the moon, women are allowed to choose their own husbands.
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