an Opera is an amusing and provocative presentation by Freshly Squeezed Opera, mounted at the Baruch Center in New York. The company is committed to genre pushing new works of the highest caliber that explore the depths of the opera form.
Composer Constantin Basica tells us that this work knots traditional opera practices with elements of old and new media into a chain of preposterous events. We are on the border between the mundane and the absurd. Interludes and sketches are interspersed with videos.
The initial interlude is a familiar vocal warm-up on ma, me, mi, mo, mu stretched out, pitched absurdly high, suggesting just how difficult performing this art form is. While the voice is central to the form, even in exercise sounds, Knot an Opera brings us to the heart of opera, its over-the-top presentation.
The news broadcast that follows, anchored by a baritone and soprano, suggests that opera will die if we continue to offer ancient music to ancient people.
Breaking out into a commercial for Bud Light, and Soprano Light, suggests how we can attract a different audience in a familiar commercial form. Virtual reality in opera surely brings us to new vision.
The central portion of interludes and scenes takes place around a table, where traditional manners are taken up, and then cats’ manners ar