This is not a hallucination. This is not a joke. This is a dream pop-culture mashup:
Coming to the L.A. Opera this fall: “The Fly,” an opera with music by Howard Shore, libretto by David Henry Hwang, design by Dante Ferretti, conducted by Placido Domingo and directed by David Cronenberg.
I can barely contain my excitement, nor can I conceive of how insanely wonderful this production could be. If you’re familiar with the source material – Cronenberg’s brilliantly squicky 1986 movie with Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, you know it has all the requisite themes for great melodramatic opera: love, passion, betrayal and blood …
Add to that: music by Howard Shore, who’s written great movie scores over the past 10+ years including Lord of the Rings (sample, more samples), Ed Wood (sample). and The Cell (sample) not to mention half a dozen Cronenberg productions including “A History of Violence” and “Eastern Promises.”
And Cronenberg – well hell. Here’s the cast list with profiles.
Two questions: When do tickets go on sale? And how are they going to design a credible fly mask that Daniel Okulitch can sing through?