La Hija de Rappaccini by the now late Mexican composer Daniel Catán was based on a play by Mexican Nobelist Octavio Paz in turn based on a story by American slut-shamer Nathaniel Hawthorne. A scientist keeps his daughter locked in a garden where she’s exposed to his poisonous plants and acquires their deadly touch herself.
Also, the first image comes from the cool new collaborative photo collection sharing site, Brooklyn Visual Heritage, which brings together archival image collections from the Brooklyn Library, Museum, and Historical Society. Hours of fun, and plenty of lovely pics too!
In honor of Father’s Day tomorrow, enjoy Dadsville, a comic anthology about, you guessed it, fathers! There are stories about the good and bad times, about chummy, antagonizing, and estranged fathers, so you can experience the whole gamut in one sitting if you don’t already…
First off, here’s Brazilian illustrator Fabio Lyra‘s story about reconnecting with his father over spaghetti westerns:
The last full opera performed in American Lyric Theater‘s InsightALT opera fest is Jorge Sosa‘s “La Reina”, about a Mexican drug queenpin, performed on Monday at 7pm (buy tickets here). You can actually hear a sample aria on Sosa‘s site (under “listen”), so good way to prep. Here’s ALT‘s trailer for the new opera:
This actually reminded me of another Mexican composer’s chamber opera about a lady drug trafficker: Gabriela Ortiz‘s “¡Unicamente La Verdad!” (“only the truth”), premiered in 2008 at Indiana University and recently performed at Long Beach Opera, California. This video is from the 2008 IU performance:
Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day! In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept, on the first Saturday of May, participating comic shops give away free pre-selected comics to any and all visitors! You can find your local participating comic shop using FCBD’s store locator.
To prepare, here is a list of the free comics that’ll be available, ranging from DC to D&Q, brand new to classic reprints, mainstream to independent, all-ages to mature, not to mention lots of TV, cartoon, and video game tie-ins.
Religious music and opera have an interesting relationship… Lots of church music – oratorios, parables, etc – tells a story, so that’s enough of a link for me. In fact, though works based on religious themes were banned from the stage in 18th century London, that didn’t stop composers like Händel from writing religious works that shared a whole lot in common with their secular work…
Masses and passions are less plotty I think, but it’s still vocal music with a communicative purpose, right? Glimmerglass Opera will be presenting a double-bill of Passions next year, so that’s an interesting precedent… ANYWAY, this is all a long-winded excuse for posting a wider range of religious music here on Bizarro Twins. So here is Misa Criolla by the Argentine composer Ariel Ramírez, ’nuff said!