Puppets and OperaPosted by Suzanne, on October 10th, 2009

I have had the joy of training a few opera singers to use puppetry in their work. I have seen a puppet opera at the Goetheanum on the big stage in Dornach Switzerland…that was Baba Yaga, with full orchestra and soloists…amazing stuff. Now my friend Dolores Dauenhauer in Seattle is working on another puppet opera. I wish I could go experience it even if it is a ‘work in progress’ as she points out on her flyer…I always feel I am a work in progress too. If any of you get a chance to see it drop me a note and tell me about it. I am hoping for a photo dolores!!!!

Song is a valuable friend of puppetry, as it is a kind of elevated speech…lofty and connects us to the spiritual more directly….Powerful when it is an opera trained voice….not for young children please. In renaissance Europe it was the ‘in’ thing to go to elaborate puppet operas…at least for the nobility…Goethe’s Faust was first commissioned as a puppet opera. What do you think of that!!!
It must have been miraculous.

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