December 17, 2011

Irondale Theatre, Brooklyn NY

Robert Ashley’s Vidas Perfectas

Vidas Perfectas is an all-new Spanish-language version of Robert Ashley’s ground-breaking “television opera” Perfect Lives (1983). With Ashley’s blessing, Alex Waterman directs this all-new production, from a Spanish translation by Javier Sainz de Robles.

The singer-songwriter Ned Sublette stars as the opera’s narrator “R,” in the role originated by Ashley. Playing with him is “Buddy, The World’s Greatest Piano Player,” a unique all-piano role for Cuban virtuoso Elio Villafranca. Composer Peter Gordon, who collaborated with Ashley on the original incarnation of Perfect Lives, returns as music producer, playing live electronics and mixing. The chorus is Elisa Santiago, (appearing as Isolde, Gwyn, and Ida) and Abraham Gomez-Delgado (appearing as Will, Ed, and The Captain of the Football Team).

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