Monday, June 13, 2011

ENO Invites Writer Will Self to Discuss Internet Dangers

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"A teenage boy is stabbed. An older boy is caught on CCTV leaving the scene. An open-and-shut case, it would seem. But, as Detective Inspector Anne Strawson investigates the older boy's story, she uncovers a bizarre nexus of chatroom meetings, mysterious internet identities, supposed spy rings and disturbing cybersex, leading to a stunning conclusion. Loosely inspired by actual events that occured in an English industrial city, Nico Muhly's new opera is a cautionary tale of the dark side of the internet. With a libretto by Craig Lucas, screenwriter of Prelude to a Kiss and Reckless and video design by Fifty Nine Productions, whose work has been a key feature of such recent ENO triumphs as Doctor Atomic and Satyagraha, this new co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York, is directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher, making his UK opera debut. Some elements of this production may be unsuitable for those under 16 years of age." [Source]

Performances: June 24, 27, 29; July 1, 4, 6, 8 at 7:30pm. The cast includes Susan Bickley, Nicky Spence, Mary Bevan and Madeleine Shaw.

As a bonus, watch the composer discuss the work by clicking here.

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