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The creators of a new opera based on the novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" did not have to work hard to make George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a loveless and brutal world resonate with audiences today.

Technology used for surveillance and control, the denial of personal freedom, Doublethink, Newspeak and a seemingly endless war place a work written in 1948 firmly in the 21st Century.

Lorin Maazel, the American conductor and composer who began working on the opera in 2000, insisted he did not set out to create political theater.

"Five years ago no-one was really thinking in these terms," the 75-year-old told Reuters backstage after a dress rehearsal for Tuesday's world premiere.

"The theme has concurrently become very current and seemingly ever more relevant ... but that was really not our intention."

There are references placing the action in the present: the sound of helicopters, orange jumpsuits for criminals and an English-American accent for Big Brother. But "1984," the opera, largely sticks to the novel's script.

"We started discussing this project in the year 2000, so it was way before 9/11," said Canadian director Robert Lepage, renowned for his bold and visually inventive productions.

"At that moment we didn't suspect that the piece would resonate in such a strong way in today's world."

Lepage argued that Orwell's work had lost none of its relevance since the fall of Soviet Communism, the totalitarian system with which most readers associate the narrative. Spectators could work that out for themselves, he added.

"You have to have confidence in the intelligence of the audience, you have to trust ... that you don't need to stress or underline anything that has to do with security or terrorism."

VANITY PROJECT?

The production is high-tech, using giant video images, advanced instruments of torture and perforated steel sets to show that even when characters may feel they are hidden from the prying eyes of the omnipresent state, they can be seen.

There is Room 101, starving rats, bomb attacks, a public hanging and the twisted logic of Doublethink: "War is Peace! Freedom is Slavery! Ignorance is Strength!"

"The story is terrifying and the production looks like Matrix 3," said Maazel, referring to the Hollywood blockbuster trilogy in which humans rebel against a malevolent cyber-intelligence that has created a false version of 20th century life to keep human slaves satisfied.

Maazel said traditional opera-goers could be in for a shock.

But as well as its dystopian horror, at the story's center is a doomed love affair between Winston Smith and Julia, the stuff of classic opera.

"It's not just about political regimes," said Lepage. "It's about intimacy. 1984 is a love story. We are in a non-intimate culture, we're in a culture of spying on everyday life."

Maazel, who conducts the production, has described the music as "kaleidoscopic," blending atonal passages with a national anthem, love arias and nods to times past; barber shop quartets and blues.

He is philosophical about how 1984 will be received by critics, but already there are rumblings that the opera, which Maazel partly funded himself, is little more than a "vanity project" for a venerated conductor.

Maazel is unapologetic, arguing that works like 1984 are likely to attract a broader, younger audience to an art form often dismissed as irrelevant and elitist.

"There is no way of defending a tradition unless one renews it," he said.

"If this opera in its modest way reaffirms other people's conviction that the art form is viable and relevant to today's world, we will all feel that we've made an important contribution."

By Mike Collett-White
Mon May 2, 9:30 AM ET
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050502...s_opera_1984_dc


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This is really cool news!! 1984 is one of my favorite books.

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His name sounds familiar..i read 'Animal Farm' .isn't that one of his books?

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Animal Farm is also by Orwell and has been performed as a musical as well. Very popular. I sure have it in my personal library along with '84.

Here is briefly what it is about :

"After a revolution on Manor Farm (duly renamed Animal Farm), the pigs, who have developed the doctrine of Animalism and lead the revolution, gradually take over. The two boars, Napoleon and Snowball, engage in a power struggle culminating in the expulsion of Snowball by force. Life on the farm becomes harder and harder for the rest of the animals. The pigs impose more and more controls on them while reserving privileges for themselves, until ultimately all that remains of the Principles of Animalism is that "all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others." Each step of this development is justified by the pig Squealer, effectively the farm's propaganda minister. With a pack of vicious dogs as enforcers, Napoleon conducts show trials and executions, grants himself glorious titles, and progressively annuls all the Principles of Animalism. The pigs finally take to walking on two legs and carrying whips, treating the other animals more or less as they were treated when humans ruled. In the last scene of the book, the animals observe the pigs and men carousing together but can see no difference between them."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_Farm


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Sordidmesh,
Do you think George Orwell was a socialist?
Do you think Animal Farm shows a socialist world order?
Just wondering because I have heard these things, but I still love his books.

Just like Fyodor Dostoevsky, I love his novels and then I find out that he hated Jews.
Same with Noam Chomsky.


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wow..... I JUST read that book for my Englisg Lit class, and I really enjoyed it! That's really cool.

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Orwell's novel '1984' to hit stage as opera post #7  quote:

So if you really want to know my thinking about Orwell's Novel '1984' to Hit Stage as Opera, then i will tell you that wow what a Great news in this for the Orwell's Fans as well as me too. I am also a big Fan of Orwell for his Novel 1984. I Read this Novel before Two Months in my College Library. What amazing Story of this Novel. I want to give a special Thanks to Orwell for write this Novel.

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