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Opera gets "bugged" with Howard Shore's The Fly!!!

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Bitter Balcony can be thought of many things, but cultured might not be one of them. We don't know much about opera, except that it gathers the secular elite and aristocrats alike to watch castrated men sing like girls for two hours (before you can be appalled by the ignorance of our comment, we also mix our vintage wine with coke, hint!). But if there was ever an opera that could’ve had us willing to wear a tux, it would’ve been 2008's "The Fly," the two-act opus directed by the David Cronenberg and orchestrated by Howard Shore. Both men revisit the story from their masterful 1986 film "The Fly," this time with a libretto by David Henry Hwang. The opera stars Daniel Okulitch as Seth Brundle and Ruxandra Donose as Veronica "Ronnie" Quaife, the roles originally played by Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis in the movie, respectively. A key difference between the movie and opera, however, is taking the film's 1980's setting and moving it back to the 1950's, a hallmark from the original Vincent Price classic.

Look, the trailer looks more intriguing than good, but the elaborate staging and special effects seem to match the grand aspirations of this Cronenberg/Shore artistic gamble. Unfortunately, most reviews panned the effort, and "The Fly" just had a small run in France and Los Angeles before it got swatted. However, we wish a DVD/Blue-Ray version of the live performance existed, since we think the campy elements might be more endeared by the fans of the horror series. A two hour opera about a guy turned into a bug? C'est Magnifique, Monsieur Cronenberg!

Trailer:

Official website:
The Fly-The Opera

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Credits:
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Written by: David Henry Hwang (libretto)
Based on work(s) by: George Langelaan (Original story)
Cast: Daniel Okulitch, Ruxandra Donose


Source of the Bitter: John Rojas

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
John Rojas on Fri, 09/10/2010 - 8:22am

It seems like a satire on the pompous attitude of opera, in a way. A b-movie sang by sopranos and tenors, wow!

JAS on Thu, 09/09/2010 - 5:37pm

I would watch this on principle and because it seems like an acid trip without the illicit drug in your blood stream.

That trailer looks terrible though. I have a feeling I would be clawing my eyes out until the moment where the transmogrifications really begin to kick into high gear.

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