::fibreculture:: Julian Assange, the opera
geert at xs4all.nl
Thu Nov 10 10:13:06 CET 2011
Julian Assange, the opera: Wikileaks brought to book
Opera Australia has started work on an opera based on the life of
Julian Assange ? with the
Wikileaks founder's blessing
Thursday November 10 2011
There has already been a play, a (disowned) autobiography
review" title="], and some might argue that the real-life extradition
drama is quite enough ?
but now work has begun on an opera based on the life of Julian Assange
[http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/julian-assange" title="] in Melbourne.
Opera Australia held, with Assange's approval, a series of in-house
month, six months after its artistic director Lyndon Terracini came up
with the idea and
asked composer Jonathan Dreyfus to write the music.
Terracini told the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC)
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gefPHQkMtTo" title="]: "He is an
incredible character and
it is an exciting idea." He continued: "What they came up with was
really terrific. What's
great is that it speaks to a younger audience."
Eddie Perfect, who played Assange in the initial process, told ABC
News, "It's got everything
that a dramatic musical work needs. It's got heroes and villains. In
fact, it's got a hero and
villain combined in one."
In 2008, Perfect played Australian cricketer Shane Warne
in another "biopicera". Comparing the two roles, Perfect told the
"Assange is a greater challenge because his personality is filtered
through the media and we
rarely see the 'human' side. He's also more subdued ? Warney is all
exterior and rarely self-
reflective. Assange is all interior."
The company has not yet committed to a full production, but if the
opera goes ahead it will
be the second time the Wikileaks story has been presented on stage in
Australia. Stainless Steel Rat by award-winning Australian playwright
played at the Seymour Centre in Sydney last June.
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