Saturday, May 21, 2011

Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz leader returns with a new opera

British musician Damon Albarn, Blur frontman and founder of the virtual band Gorillaz, presented next year in Inglés National Opera (ENO) in London Doctor Dee, a montage of John Dee, alchemist and sixteenth-century English astronomer, announced This week the company. Albarn composition, which will premiere next July at the Manchester International Festival (northern England) will be one of the highlights of the ENO programming for 2012, along with another work of Tom Morris, "The death of Klinghoffer, "about an American Jew who was killed Palestinian terrorists who hijacked the cruise ship he was traveling with his wife.

Albarn's opera, the latter making up this versatile musician, turns around the figure of John Dee (1527-1608/9), a mathematician, astronomer, astrologer and occultist Englishman who was also an advisor of Queen Elizabeth II and devoted much of his life studying alchemy. Albarn's first opera, premiered in 2008 at the Royal Opera House, was "Monkey: Journey to the West" based on a novel of the sixteenth century China.

In total, the ENO, which accounts for their productions at the Coliseum Theatre in central London, premiered 11 productions in the season 2011/12. Other works proposed for the coming months are The passanger on the Holocaust, and Caligula, the contemporary German composer Detlev Glanert, the figure of the Roman emperor and its destructive nature.

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