“Invisible Cities”: Opera Of The Future?

I’m speaking about “Invisible Cities,” which wired.com describes as ‘a renegade new opera from The Industry, the LA Dance Project, and Sennheiser, which runs through early November in downtown Los Angeles. The work is based on Italo Calvino’s 1972 novel, which imagines a dialogue between Kublai Khan and Marco Polo, describing some of the cities within the emperor’s vast holdings. Set to the music of composer Christopher Cerrone, the opera is a stark contemplation on culture and the ravaging effects of time on civilization.

‘Invisible Cities may be thematically timeless, but it represents the leading edge of operatic innovation – a bold effort to create individualized experiences within the context of a communal performance. “Everyone will miss something; everyone will have a perfect view,” explains director Yuval Sharon cryptically before the final dress rehearsal. “It’s an ambulatory experience; the audience is moving freely and having a highly subjective experience.”’

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