Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Freeway Opera

A freeway as operatic material? Only in L.A: introducing "The 110 Project," a Los Angeles Opera commission that "tells the stories of the communities along L.A.'s 110 Freeway," writes Culture Monster. Centered on four characters, the opera follows the freeway "as it travels through 70 years of L.A. history, starting with the birth of the space program in Pasadena's Arroyo Seco in 1939, to downtown Los Angeles at midcentury," says L.A. Opera. "It concludes at the port of San Pedro in the present day."

What will it sound like? "You guessed it," writes Culture Monster, "The music is said to be inspired by freeway sounds as well as cultural and historic source material, with singers making up a freeway chorus that scats and honks its commentary." This avant-garde initiative is sure to attract the sneers of culture snobs and other L.A. naysayers, but we're just too curious to resist marking our calendar for the Project's upcoming workshop performances.
photo of 110 Freeway Wally Skalij/LAT via Culture Monster

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