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The Fly

The Fly

opera in two acts

libretto by David Henry Hwang


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English
  • Order No.: LSMC 50408

Description
Based on the 1957 George Langelaan short story and the 1986 David Cronenberg horror film, Howard Shore’s first opera The Fly is an  engrossing exploration of the physical and psychological transformation in which a brilliant scientist begins to mutate into a hybrid of man and fly after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. Researcher Seth Brundle makes a stunning breakthrough in the field of matter transportation when he successfully teleports a living creature. Frustrated
in his budding romance with a scientific journalist, and in need of a human subject, he recklessly attempts to teleport himself. An unseen
fly enters the transmission booth as well, however, and Brundle soon realizes that his experiment has had “mixed” results.
 
Howard Shore comments on his Opera: ’I always believed The Fly to be a classic opera story. It’s a tale of love and death, true love surviving in the face of physical decay and ultimate sacrifice. To bring this work to the opera stage has been a longtime dream. I am very proud to be working with these fantastic collaborators in the realization of this dream.’
Details
Auftragswerk : Co-commissioned by Los Angeles Opera and L'opera de Chatelet
Performance duration: 120' 0"
Publisher: South Fifth Avenue (administered by SMC)
Uraufführung : 2. Juli 2008 Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet (F) · Dirigent: Plácido Domingo · Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France · Chœur du Châtelet · Inszenierung: David Cronenberg · Kostüme: Denise Cronenberg · Bühnenbild: Dante Ferretti (szenische Aufführung)
Year of composition: 2007 - 2008
instrumentation: pic.2.2.ca.2.bcl.2-3.4(3.,4.btbn).4.0-timp.perc(vib, mar, tub bells, sus cym, tam-t, s.d, b.d)-hp.ekeybd.cel-str
occupation: Seth Brundle · bass-baritone - Veronica Quaife · mezzo-soprano - Stathis Borans · tenor - Female Officer/Medical Analyst/Cheevers · mezzo-soprano - Marky · tenor - Scientist #1 · mezzo-soprano - Scientist #2 · baritone - Scientist #3 · mezzo-soprano - Scientist #4 · baritone - Scientist #5 · baritone - Chorus
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Conductor: Joongbae Jee
2014-03-08 | Trier (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Joongbae Jee
2014-03-02 | Trier (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Joongbae Jee
2014-02-26 | Trier (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Joongbae Jee
2014-02-15 | Trier (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Joongbae Jee
2014-02-04 | Trier (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Joongbae Jee
2014-02-02 | Trier (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Joongbae Jee
2014-01-24 | Trier (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Joongbae Jee
2014-01-18 | Trier (Germany), Theater | national Premiere
2013-05-26 | Trier (Germany), Theater — 11:00 - Spielzeitmatinée 2013/14
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
2008-09-27 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Los Angeles Opera — 14.00 h
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
2008-09-20 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Los Angeles Opera — 19.30 h
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
2008-09-16 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Los Angeles Opera — 19.30 h
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
2008-09-13 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Los Angeles Opera — 19.30 h
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
2008-09-10 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Los Angeles Opera — 19.30 h
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
2008-09-07 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Los Angeles Opera — 14.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
2008-07-13 | Paris (France), Théâtre du Châtelet — 16.00 h
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
2008-07-11 | Paris (France), Théâtre du Châtelet — 20.00 h
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
2008-07-08 | Paris (France), Théâtre du Châtelet — 20.00 h
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
2008-07-05 | Paris (France), Théâtre du Châtelet — 20.00 h
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
2008-07-02 | Paris (France), Théâtre du Châtelet — 20.00 h | World Premiere
Based on the 1957 George Langelaan short story and the 1986 David Cronenberg horror film, Howard Shore’s first opera The Fly is an  engrossing exploration of the physical and psychological transformation in which a brilliant scientist begins to mutate into a hybrid of man and fly after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. Researcher Seth Brundle makes a stunning breakthrough in the field of matter transportation when he successfully teleports a living creature. Frustrated
in his budding romance with a scientific journalist, and in need of a human subject, he recklessly attempts to teleport himself. An unseen
fly enters the transmission booth as well, however, and Brundle soon realizes that his experiment has had “mixed” results.
 
Howard Shore comments on his Opera: ’I always believed The Fly to be a classic opera story. It’s a tale of love and death, true love surviving in the face of physical decay and ultimate sacrifice. To bring this work to the opera stage has been a longtime dream. I am very proud to be working with these fantastic collaborators in the realization of this dream.’
Auftragswerk : Co-commissioned by Los Angeles Opera and L'opera de Chatelet
Performance duration: 120' 0"
Publisher: South Fifth Avenue (administered by SMC)
Uraufführung : 2. Juli 2008 Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet (F) · Dirigent: Plácido Domingo · Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France · Chœur du Châtelet · Inszenierung: David Cronenberg · Kostüme: Denise Cronenberg · Bühnenbild: Dante Ferretti (szenische Aufführung)
Year of composition: 2007 - 2008
instrumentation: pic.2.2.ca.2.bcl.2-3.4(3.,4.btbn).4.0-timp.perc(vib, mar, tub bells, sus cym, tam-t, s.d, b.d)-hp.ekeybd.cel-str
occupation: Seth Brundle · bass-baritone - Veronica Quaife · mezzo-soprano - Stathis Borans · tenor - Female Officer/Medical Analyst/Cheevers · mezzo-soprano - Marky · tenor - Scientist #1 · mezzo-soprano - Scientist #2 · baritone - Scientist #3 · mezzo-soprano - Scientist #4 · baritone - Scientist #5 · baritone - Chorus
Delivery rights: worldwide
Conductor: Joongbae Jee
2014-03-08 | Trier (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Joongbae Jee
2014-03-02 | Trier (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Joongbae Jee
2014-02-26 | Trier (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Joongbae Jee
2014-02-15 | Trier (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Joongbae Jee
2014-02-04 | Trier (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Joongbae Jee
2014-02-02 | Trier (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Joongbae Jee
2014-01-24 | Trier (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Joongbae Jee
2014-01-18 | Trier (Germany), Theater | national Premiere
2013-05-26 | Trier (Germany), Theater — 11:00 - Spielzeitmatinée 2013/14
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
2008-09-27 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Los Angeles Opera — 14.00 h
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
2008-09-20 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Los Angeles Opera — 19.30 h
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
2008-09-16 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Los Angeles Opera — 19.30 h
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
2008-09-13 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Los Angeles Opera — 19.30 h
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
2008-09-10 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Los Angeles Opera — 19.30 h
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
2008-09-07 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Los Angeles Opera — 14.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
2008-07-13 | Paris (France), Théâtre du Châtelet — 16.00 h
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
2008-07-11 | Paris (France), Théâtre du Châtelet — 20.00 h
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
2008-07-08 | Paris (France), Théâtre du Châtelet — 20.00 h
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
2008-07-05 | Paris (France), Théâtre du Châtelet — 20.00 h
Conductor: Plácido Domingo
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
2008-07-02 | Paris (France), Théâtre du Châtelet — 20.00 h | World Premiere