Skip to comments.An opera about Sarah Palin? You betcha!
Posted on 09/15/2009 7:51:44 PM PDT by Saije
Sarah Palin isnt vice president. And she probably wont ever be president. Heck - shes not even a governor anymore.
But the Alaskan pol has achieved one measure of fame - someones written an opera about her.
Say It Aint So, Joe, a presentation by Guerilla Opera, opens Saturday at Boston Conservatorys Zack Box Theater. The work is composer Curtis Hughes musical take on Americas favorite moose-hunting winker, you betcha. It focuses on that contentious - and sometimes comical - debate from October 2008 between Palin and Joe Biden, though the show also includes cameos from Hillary Clinton, Gwen Ifill, Diane Sawyer and, of course, the right-wings favorite Everyman, Joe the Plumber.
My primary interest was the music, Hughes said. I was struck by the contrast of the two styles - Bidens and Palins - and the music in their voices. Of course I have strong political sentiments, but this is not about my sentiments.
Hughes is well-known in Boston new music circles, having served in recent years as composer-in-residence of Collage New Music and Radius Ensemble. In January, Guerilla Opera, the resident company at Boston Conservatory, asked Hughes to pen an opera. Say It Aint So, Joe is the result.
I didnt have much time, Hughes said by phone. But some years ago I had sketched out ideas after the Kerry-Bush debates. I couldnt get a handle on the contrasts between those two voices, and I ended up rejecting that project. But here, not only is there enormous subject matter in the debates, but the different styles are interesting.
Hughes describes Say It Aint So, Joe as a light tragedy.
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Now that will be high on my "must see" list.
Wonder how he worked all of Biden's lies into it?