Opera as a vehicle of modern science

An interview with the particle physicist Lisa Randall about her new opera (link via Seed’s Daily Zeitgeist):

Writing a book for a general audience connected Randall with a new set of people in fields outside of physics. One of them, the Spanish composer Hector Parra, intrigued Randall by asking if she would try writing a libretto for an opera about her work. The resulting piece, a collaboration with the artist Matthew Ritchie, is scheduled to debut in Paris at the Georges Pompidou Centre this summer, then travel throughout Europe in the fall.

The opera is an intimate work – an hourlong show written for two performers – that carries uncomfortable ideas about our world and how we experience it. The piece has the puzzling title of “Hypermusic Prologue: A projective opera in seven planes,” the seven planes referring to space and to the opera’s seven acts. The work’s broader goal is to suggest new approaches to both science and art. The old-fashioned form of opera, Randall and her colleagues hope, can become a vehicle for modern science, using sound and voice to re-create the many dimensions that physicists now explore.

“It’s kind of mathematical, it is geometrical, and it is looking towards the future,” Randall, 46, says of the title.

Take a look!


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