Opera…In…Spaaaaace….

wooster_didoneMy crew over at the New York Press/Manhattan Media have come out with City Arts, a new monthly arts insert (expansion during a recession!!??) that you can find sandwiched in The Press. (It’s already been lampooned by a snarky renegade blogger…)

For it’s maiden voyage, our very own Ryan Tracy offers a little preview of The Wooster Group’s new opera, “La Didone,” probably the most exciting event in new opera this season.

Get your tickets now. It’s going to be the coolest.

Where No Opera Has Gone Before, by Ryan Tracy

After over 30 years of voyaging into forbidden territory, the Wooster Group, New York City’s cornerstone avantgarde theater company, is finally ready to venture into a new and alien universe: opera.

Its latest work, La Didone, opening at St. Ann’s Warehouse March 17 (after having premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2007), is a resuscitation of Francesco Cavalli’s Baroque epic that surrounds the Greek love tragedy of Dido and Aeneas. True to form, Elizabeth LeCompte and her rock-star thespians have added their own special twist, colliding the musical work with “Terrore nello spazio,” Mario Bava’s 1965 Italian sci-fi horror flick about a spaceship crew that becomes marooned on a planet of zombies. Awesome.

(Read the full article…)

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