The Fly (opera)
The Fly is an opera in two acts by Canadian composer Howard Shore to a libretto by David Henry Hwang. It was commissioned by the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, where it premiered on 2 July 2008, and by Edgar Baitzel, then director of the Los Angeles Opera, where the opera was first performed on 7 September 2008. The work was broadcast by Radio France's station France Musique on 2 August 2008.
The opera is loosely based on David Cronenberg's 1986 film The Fly which was based on the short story of the same name by George Langelaan. Shore also wrote the musically unrelated score for that film.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast, 2 July 2008
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
|Seth Brundle, scientist||bass-baritone||Daniel Okulitch|
|Veronica Quaife, journalist||mezzo-soprano||Ruxandra Donose|
|Stathis Borans, editor||tenor||David Curry in Paris
Gary Lehman in Los Angeles
|Officer/Medical Analyst/Cheevers||mezzo-soprano||Beth Clayton|
|Marky||tenor||Jay Hunter Morris|
|Scientist #1||mezzo-soprano||Sophie van de Woestyne in Paris
Silvia Vasquez in Los Angeles
|Scientist #2||baritone||Jean-Gabriel Saint-Martin in Paris
Nicholas Hartley in Los Angeles
|Scientist #3||mezzo-soprano||Louise Callinan in Paris
Anna Jablonski in Los Angeles
|Scientist #4||baritone||Frederic Goncalves in Paris
Matthew Moore in Los Angeles
|Scientist #5||baritone||Luc Lalonde in Paris
Andrew Wilkowske in Los Angeles
|Set designer||Dante Ferretti|
|Costume designer||Denise Cronenberg|
|Lighting designer||A.J. Weissbard|
|Associate conductor/Chorus master||Grant Gershon|
|Makeup and creature design||Stephan L. Dupuis|
|Makeup, creature and puppet fabrication||Mark A. Rappaport's Creature Effects, Inc.|
The opera runs approximately two hours. As of 2011[update], no recording of the opera has been released.
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