01. July 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Opera, Ramble

What do you get when you cross the the talents of cult sci-fi director David Cronenberg with opera legend Placido Domingo?

An artistic mutant that will thrill film geeks and wow opera lovers: The Fly The Opera.

An opera version of Cronenberg’s cult film The Fly opens in Paris tomorrow, directed by Cronenberg himself and conducted by Domingo.

The Fly The Opera is a retelling of the 1986 film about a scientist who transforms into a mutant fly after an experiment goes wrong.

The full article gives me no idea of what the music, written by Howard Shore, is like, nor does it talk about the libretto. The statement about wowing opera lovers makes it sound as if the writer heard it and thinks it’ll fly.

I wonder.

The whole plot is rather distasteful to me. The picture featured on the article’s page adds to that distaste. But I didn’t particularly enjoy the movie either. (I guess we aren’t supposed to “enjoy” it, eh?) The yuck factor was just too much for this wimpy oboist.

Howard Shore talks about the opera (includes music):

Official Website.

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