Based on actual 18th-century texts, anatomy theater follows the astonishing progression of an English murderess: from confession to execution and, ultimately, public dissection before a paying audience of fascinated onlookers. Through the miracle of opera, she sings through it all.
anatomy theater conjures a time when “specialists” traveled from town to town in pre-modern Europe, conducting public dissections of the corpses of executed criminals, seeking evidence of moral corruption in the interior of the human body. Written by Pulitzer Prize–winning and Oscar-nominated composer David Lang and world-renowned visual artist Mark Dion, anatomy theater is a tuneful and grisly theatrical event.
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LA Opera's presentation of anatomy theater is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts and from donors to LA Opera's Contemporary Opera Initiative.
A Ridge Theater Production. Developed and produced by Beth Morrison Projects. Development support provided by BRIC and MassMoCA.
Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, Justus and Helen Schlichting, Linda and Stuart Nelson, Paul King, and Marla and Chris Ahearn. Additional commissioning support provided by BRIC, Nancy and Barry Sanders, and Miles Benickes. anatomy theater is funded, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts – Art Works, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding was provided by the Multi-Arts Production Fund (MAP), the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts and New Music USA.
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