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The Fly (Soundtrack)
Varese Sarabande


An award-winning dream team of composer Howard Shore, director David Cronenberg, and playwright David Henry Hwang makes an intriguing LA Opera debut bringing a cult classic to life.

Plácido Domingo conducts the U.S. premiere of the LA Opera-commissioned opera written by Oscar®-winning composer Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings) based on David Cronenberg's critically acclaimed classic cult film, with a libretto by the Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly). This marks not only the operatic debut of the film director, but also the LA Opera debut of the celebrated Academy Award-winning designer Dante Ferretti (The Aviator, Sweeney Todd).

Time magazine described The Fly as "a profound parable on love and loss." In its metamorphosis into an opera, this dark romantic tragedy presents a Kafkaesque meditation on man's uneasy relationship with technology. As the doomed scientist Seth Brundle and his girlfriend Veronica Quaife, Daniel Okulitch and Ruxandra Donose will be making their LA Opera debuts. Kurt Streit plays the part of Veronica's editor and former lover, Stathis Borans.

PRODUCTION DATES
Sunday September 7, 2008 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday September 10, 2008 7:30 p.m.
Saturday September 13, 2008 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday September 16, 2008 7:30 p.m.
Saturday September 20, 2008 7:30 p.m.
Saturday September 27, 2008 2:00 p.m.

CAST LIST
SETH BRUNDLE Daniel Okulitch* View Profile View Profile
VERONICA QUAIFE Ruxandra Donose* View Profile View Profile
STATHIS BORANS Kurt Streit View Profile View Profile
OFFICER/MEDICAL ANALYST/CHEEVERS Beth Clayton* View Profile View Profile
MARKY Jay Hunter Morris View Profile View Profile

CREATIVE TEAM
CONDUCTOR Plácido Domingo View Profile View Profile
COMPOSER Howard Shore View Profile View Profile
LIBRETTIST David Henry Hwang View Profile View Profile
DIRECTOR David Cronenberg* View Profile View Profile
SET DESIGNER Dante Ferretti* View Profile View Profile
COSTUME DESIGNER Denise Cronenberg* View Profile View Profile
LIGHTING DESIGNER AJ Weissbard View Profile View Profile
ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR/CHORUS MASTER Grant Gershon View Profile View Profile

* LA Opera debut.

PRE-PERFORMANCE LECTURE:
One hour prior to each performance.
Pre-performance lectures are generously sponsored by the Flora L. Thornton Foundation and the Opera League of Los Angeles.

PRODUCTION NOTES:
An LA Opera commission
U.S. Premiere / New Production
Sung in English.

Artists and dates subject to change.