No, I’m not kidding. I had no idea this was going on until I saw this article in Variety talking about how movies are being translated to Broadway and now they’re being translated to the opera stage. And of course, what better way to blow my mind than to tell me that Howard Shore has turned David Cronenberg’s The Fly into an opera. And then asked Cronenberg to direct it. With a libretto by David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly). And was conducted at its premiere last month by PlÃ¡cido Domingo.
I’ll give you a moment to staple your brain back together.
Stuck in my head was this concept of a tenor singing “HELP MEEEEEEE” in falsetto Italian. So I had to start finding out more. Here’s Howard Shore, composer, talking about how he came up with the notion of making this an opera. Quality’s terrible, but it’s the best I could find embeddable. You get to see the chambers, plus somebody rehearsing in a harness running around I would guess in what’s Fly-Mode. More videos and stuff after the break.