Archive for July, 2008

The Fly Opera

Monday, July 21st, 2008


Recently I had the opportunity to design and animate the on-stage monitor graphics for The Fly Opera which premiered earlier this month at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The Fly Opera is a translation of David Cronenberg’s 1986 feature film. I animated the libretto word by word in time to Howard Shore’s score and created additional graphics and loops. The result was a series of animations that were broadcast on stage as part of the set design to create the effect of ‘singing’ telepods. Here is a blurb from the LA Opera’s official press release:

Based on the 1957 George Langelaan short story and the 1986 David Cronenberg horror film, the opera is composed by Academy Award winner Howard Shore to a libretto written by Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang. The Fly will be directed by Mr. Cronenberg, winner of the New York Critics Circle Award and three-time nominee for the Cannes Film Festival’s Golden Palm award, who will make his operatic debut. Plácido Domingo will conduct. The production will feature set designs by Academy Award winner Dante Ferretti and costume designs by Denise Cronenberg.

Many thanks to David Cronenberg and the LA Opera Company for the opportunity to be a part of such a unique and world class project. The opera runs during July in Paris and is scheduled to run in Los Angeles in September. Here is a link to the official website and a video segment that ran on CBC’s The National:

The Fly Opera Website

CBC’s The National: The Fly Goes to the Opera