Cronenberg's 'Fly' set for opera

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PARIS -- World-famous tenor Placido Domingo and prolific film director David Cronenberg are making music together, with Cronenberg set to direct and Domingo to conduct an operatic version of the helmer's 1986 film "The Fly" at Paris' Theatre du Chatelet.

The adaptation is scheduled to premiere on July 1, 2008, followed by a premiere stateside in collaboration with the Los Angeles Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Domingo and Theatre du Chatelet general manger Jean-Luc Choplin announced at a press lunch Friday in Paris.

"It's our duty as theater directors to give the grand composers of today the opportunity to create new operas," said Domingo.

"The Fly" was composed by Academy- and Grammy-award winner Howard Shore to a libretto written by Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang. Based on the 1957 short story by George Langelaan, the opera will recount the physical and psychological transformation of a scientist who begins to mutate into a hybrid of man and fly when one of his experiments goes horribly awry. The production will feature set designs by Academy Award winner Dante Ferretti and costumes by Denis Cronenberg.

"This work exemplifies the artistic policy of the Theatre du Chatelet, a policy intent on discovering new art forms and reaching out to new arts enthusiasts, and yet resolutely part of the current world. It is also a grand story of collaboration between Paris and Los Angeles, two leading cities for cinema," Choplin said.

Cronenberg said in a press statement: "It's a magical re-living of a part of my life, this time playing a completely different role in the creation of a very different animal. I can't wait to see what happens."
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