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Vatican's New "Rock" Opera
May 19, 2007 1:00 PM   Subscribe

Dante's The Divine Comedy (trailer/text) has inspired an opera by the Vatican's music administrator, the choirmaster of St John Lateran, Monsignor Marco Frisina. The premiere is scheduled for fall of 2007. Although traditional orchestral music predominates, Monsignor Frisina says that he is using punk, rock and jazz to represent the Devil because its "violent and rebellious tones help create a hellish atmosphere" (The Clash, Straight To Hell YouTube).
posted by sluglicker (8 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Awesome, non-ironic characterization of rock as devil music.
posted by grobstein at 1:14 PM on May 19, 2007


I've had The Inferno sitting in my to-read pile for about a year now. I suppose I should get around to reading it.
posted by jake3456 at 1:56 PM on May 19, 2007


Straight to Hell is hot!
posted by vronsky at 2:18 PM on May 19, 2007


I'd be interested to know how Maestro Frisina proposes to maintain the viewer's interest past the first opera? The Inferno's got all the exciting bits; the Paradiso is one long snore.

Also, if the Vatican is staging this, presumably they'll have a problem with the number of Popes and churchmen Dante places in hell.
posted by Pallas Athena at 2:21 PM on May 19, 2007


mohawk!
posted by vronsky at 2:25 PM on May 19, 2007


I just kept on clicking on the You Tube Clash bits. Rock!
posted by Mojojojo at 3:58 PM on May 19, 2007


While I applaud the idea of punk, rock, and jazz in a classical opera, I hope that Frisina has the chops to pull it off. It sounds like he's versatile from the web page though, so good sign.
posted by BrotherCaine at 5:18 PM on May 19, 2007



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posted by vronsky at 7:42 PM on May 19, 2007


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