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Philip Glass’ The Photographer
March 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) presents Philip Glass’ experimental opera, “The Photographer,” March 20-22, 2020.
The 1982 opera, featuring a live orchestra, modern dance, and multi-media focuses on the story of photographer Eadweard Muybridge whose motion studies of people and animals made him famous, and whose murder of his wife’s lover made him notorious.
The act of violence and its aftermath were never the emphasis of the original opera, although all the elements were included. Director Tim Everitt re-organized the original material to create a linear story of Muybridge’s obsession that led to his mental collapse, all without changing the music or the essential three act structure of the opera. “Tim has done a beautiful job working with the visual elements and staging to tell the story, the huge, tragic love story that so many operas have,” says WICA Artistic Director Deana Duncan. “Snippets of the story are now spread through the piece, and suddenly there’s a narrative thrust that the original staging never had.”
“Whidbey Island is the perfect incubator for this project,” says Everitt. “The most devoted of opera fans will make the effort to take the easy commute from the metro areas for something unusual and exciting. Locally, Whidbey itself is home to a world-class audience, which has been cultivated by decades of intelligent programming from Whidbey Island Center for the Arts and the Saratoga Orchestra, both well known for quality performances.”
“If you like opera, you’ll love ‘The Photographer.’ If you don’t like opera, this will be the piece that changes your mind,” says Duncan.
The production is directed by Tim Everitt, conducted by Erik Ibsen-Nowak, and choreographed by Megan Moore. “The Photographer” runs March 20-22, 2020 in Langley, WA.