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    Quote Originally Posted by Sieglinde View Post
    Oh, we talked about this in the cross-section of the fandom, and someone said roughly "throw some fake snow on a Billy Budd set and we're good to go".

    I'd absolutely be here for this, and hey, if Sweeney and Titus can do cannibalism on stage, why not an opera?

    It would be roughly One Very Tired Mezzo Done With All These Men. I also nominate Sir John Tomlinson for Demon Bear.
    Does that mean you kind of like the idea, then?
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    Trying to remember "The New Tenant." I do recall "The Chairs," which could work the same way. And "Exit the King" might work as well. I had an Ionesco phase many decades ago. For a brief period he was the second most often produced playwright in the world (after Shakespeare).

    . . .
    Funny, when I mentioned "Exit the King," I thought of adding the somewhat (superficially) similar "Endgame." I didn't know this was about to open at La Scala.

    How about an opera of "Krapp's Last Tape"? How do you handle the tape recorder?
    Last edited by jegreenwood; Nov-18-2018 at 12:51.

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    Have the performer record, over the years, the separate tapes, and then finally present the piece in its finished form when they're actually 69.

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    Harry Mulisch's Siegfried and Louis Bromfield's The Strange Case of Miss Annie Spragg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sieglinde View Post
    I'd absolutely be here for this, and hey, if Sweeney and Titus can do cannibalism on stage, why not an opera?
    There are opera that include cannibalism! The three I found when looking into this were:
    George Benjamin - Written on Skin
    Dan Ikuma - Hikari Goke ("Luminous Moss")
    Philip Glass/Robert Moran - The Juniper Tree

    And of course we have threatened cannibalism in Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel. Conrad Susa's Transformations also has a H&G scene.
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    Herman Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Herman Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener."
    Excellent suggestion!
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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    still think the anime Code Geass needs an opera

    Lelouch della Ribellione!

    Lelouch vi Britannia: high bass
    Kallen Kozaki: spinto soprano (could also make her a mezzo tom boy type)
    Nunnally: soubrette
    Suzaku Kururugi: spinto tenor
    Euphemia li Britannia: lyric coloratura soprano
    Cornelia li Britannia: dramatic mezzo
    Charles li Britannia: basso profondo

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    How about an opera about Bernie Madoff and his deceptions? There is definitely a meteoric rise followed by an equally dramatic fall in his life and those around them. What is the mindset of someone who deliberately swindles those around him? Did Madoff at any time experience any remorse for what he did? To me, this story has the makings of a modern opera that highlights the years of plenty followed by the Great Recession in the early aughts.

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