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Faingersh off the Opera

Faingersh Off the Opera

(Work in progress : premiere planned in October 2013. Theater KEF production.)

Script – Keren Klimovsky, Elias Faingersh

Music by Puccini, Verdi, Bizet

Producer – Eva Omagbemi

 

The main idea of this project is a comical, frivolous and eccentric interpretation of classical operas, bringing them closer to today’s reality and audience.  Some of the most famous operas, which are called by the heroine’s name (Karmen, Aida, Tosca, Madame Butterfly and Traviata) are retold from a feminist perspective. The five female protagonists rebel against the traditionally tragic role of women in the opera (prescribed for them by male composers and librettists). They reverse their stories upside down, finding positive and comical things in every aspect, including the ways in which they have died… This presentation takes place n a contest format – the women compete for the title of the least tragic, happiest, most empowered opera heroine. Each one presents convincing arguments for her case and refutes the arguments of her rivals, creating a lively and funny dialogue.

The contest is placed within a comical mock-lecture: Elias Faingersh tells the audience about opera traditions and then reports “live” from the contest that turns those traditions over. The voices of the heroines are represented by famous arias from the respective operas (whole ones for monologues and excerpts for dialogues) instrumentally performed by an orchestra. Faingersh serves as both a translator and a commentator.  In the end, the audience choses the winner. One of five versions of the orchestra finale (depending on the result)  concludes the performance.