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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
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Fly Away All — A Surreal Dance Opera
Brenda Hutchinson
Theodore Shank
May 20, 1988
Minnesota Opera New Music-Theatre Ensemble
In a waiting room in limbo there are several inhabitants. The zombie-like Attendant is in control and a Squawk Box gives instructions. A Young Man is in a state of mental collapse and his Girl Friend tries to help. An old woman (Wife) brings her Husband to this place and tries to leave him there.
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The music was created on an Emax sampler and can be performed by one keyboard musician. A variety of sampled sounds serve as the orchestra. These include the sound of wind, children playing, laugher, gasps, ticking clock, footsteps, electronic hums, tinkling glass, etc. The objects in the setting motivate sounds which become part of the score--Squawk Box (tannoy), Clock, hum of lights, the buzz of a fly, etc.
Theodore Shank

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