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Love! War! Gods! Frogs!
Tragedy strikes and comedy ensues in five mini-chamber operas based on Aesop’s Fables.
WEEKEND GUIDE TO HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL – June 29, 2013
BLOUIN ARTINFO – International Edition
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jordan Riefe
The Hollywood Fringe Festival wraps up this weekend after painting the town with two and a half weeks of outrageous theater, music, spectacle, and monologues. Saturday night’s best bet is “AESOPERA,” (also Sunday @ 1:30pm Ed.)five mini-operas based on Aesops fables sung with a comic twist." http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/922713/weekend-guide-to-the-hollywood-fringe-festival
“elegant staging highlights Price’s lush music and the intriguing emotions of its stories”
—-Musicals in LA
“Fresh and innovative, this creative rendering of Aesop’s timeless insights is a joyous fusion of operatic traditions, modern situations and everyday lingo.”
“Aesopera is sure to appeal to opera lovers and novices, of every generation, with its amazing, inspiring lyrics and grand drama.”
“truly original and blithely entertaining”
“You don’t have to be an opera aficionado to enjoy Aesopera”
Music by Jonathan Price
Libretti by Jeff Goode
Jan Michael Alejandro, and the Composer
Running Time: 76 minutes
A poor fisherman is granted three wishes, but that may not be enough for two daughters. A lion sacrifices his claws for love. A queen learns the consequence of absolute power misapplied, an inventor tries to outwit fate, and amphibian voters elect themselves a carnivorous queen! Set in mythic Greece, but touched with a modern flair, these lush and lyrical mini-operas bring the timeless stories to vibrant life.
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JESSICA LYNN JOHNSON 6/17 A multi-talented powerhouse woman. Wonderful use of humor and music to discuss some dark difficult issues... Brave revelations all throughout, and a beautiful performer inside and out....