Notes on MonoDramas At The New York City Opera

by Paddy Johnson on April 5, 2011 · 3 comments Opinion

"La Machine De L'Etre" Music by John Zorn. Performed by Anu Komsi

John Zorn’s score contains no words, but that doesn’t mean Anu Komsi spent the entire performance humming. Her voice was simply used as though it were an instrument, her incantation reaching all manner high pitched sounds.

Meanwhile midway through the performance a thought bubble rose from the stage evoking much laughter from the audience. A series of animated drawings made by French poet and playwright Antonin Artaud at the time of his incarceration at a French psychiatric institution was projected. At times, the drawings resembled the work of Chagall. Other works, in style, only evoke William Kentridge.


Olen Holm April 6, 2011 at 12:49 am

You said “Duchamp in a dancehall.” nyuk nyuk nyuk

kara April 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I think this series is more or less failed. Personally, I love Feldman and his opera set was pretty nice so it was good. But the other two was disappointed ,literally. Specially, though I do love John zorn, his opera was not good!!! at all.

lilwonder April 12, 2011 at 1:39 am

just so you all know–opera singers are never mic’d. that is their voice, and their voice only.

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