Opera for Television by American composer Robert Ashley – text/video/music/libretto/light/narrative. I think his work demonstrates the power of “gaps” in generating/sustaining audience interest and expanding narrative dimension, as we discussed briefly in class yesterday…characters and their stories & situations are outlined but never made explicit.

 

Also see Peter Greenaway’s “Four American Composers” for a behind-the-scenes exploration of Ashley’s designs and working processes for Perfect Lives (short excerpt below)

 

Full versions of both are available at Van Pelt circulation (DVD and VHS), and the music  library (4th floor) also holds a wide selection of audio recordings of Ashley’s operas.

~Josh

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