Dr Ox's Experiment, libretto for opera performed at Coliseum

Morrison, Blake. 1998. Dr Ox's Experiment, libretto for opera performed at Coliseum. In: "Dr Ox's Experiment", Coliseum, United Kingdom, June 1998. [Performance]

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Creators: Morrison, Blake
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The premiere of this opera, directed by Atom Egoyan, with a set by Michael Levine and costume designs by Sandy Powell, was on 15 June 1998, at the Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, London, home of the English National Opera company. There were just five performances, at least one of them (to the dismay of both the author and the counter-tenor David James) coinciding with a crucial England game during the 1998 World Cup finals. The plot concerns an unimaginably tranquil town in nineteenth-century Flanders – one not found on any map – into which come the scientist and adventurer Dr Ox and his faithful assistant Ygene. Their offer to install gas lighting in the town is in reality an experiment to pump an oxygen-like gas into the atmosphere. The effects are chaotic and bacchanalian, and war threatens, until, in the climax of Act 2, there's a huge explosion and order is restored.

Official URL: http://blakemorrison.net/plays/doe.htm
Departments, Centres and Research Units: English and Comparative Literature
Date range: June 1998
Event Location: Coliseum, United Kingdom
Item ID: 13225
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2015 12:48
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 09:35



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