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Subject: Re: Operas About Floods?
From: Sue Harrison <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:47:00 +0000
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In the premiere production of Heggie & Scheer's "Moby Dick," The Dallas Opera used projections created by Elaine McCarthy and associates to evoke the ocean in infiite variety. This "Moby-Dick" traveled the world before being performed, televised and released on video by San Francisco Opera. The seascapes are immense, as if the sea were a character. The images are not exactly "floods," but they represent a ferocious amount of water.
What brought the floods to mind was another gorgeous Elaine McCarthy creation of projections for a new production of "Tristan und Isolde" gloriously sung within an elegant minimalist set design and in Act III a small sail craft on a beach surrounded by swiftly flowing surf projected onto a screen surrounding the stage and including the stage floor. 
The images were flood-like, appearing to flow into the orchestra pit, That much real water would have swamped the entire orchestra and mangled their instruments. Perhaps the conductor might have escaped by climbing over the barrier into the laps of the first row.
We watched the appearance of surf flowing over the lip of the stage, looking for all the world like a flood, disturbing to watch while the performers and audience were propelled to the final moments of "Tristan und Isolde." 
The Dallas Opera really pulled a rabbit out of the hat with Tristan since we were in our 1st temporarily reduced performance season with financial recession, one opera had been cancelled, and Tristan was planned as a concert presentation instead of a staged production. At the last possible moment, funding was found and the production was built, together with projections prepared to synchronize with screens and stage action. It was an adventure and audiences were thrilled.
Sue HarrisonDallas, TX

From: Jay & Ralph <[log in to unmask]>To: "[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 11:01:36 PM CDTSubject: Re: Operas About Floods?
Götterdämmerung!

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