Haydn at the Hayden

"One of these days, bang, zoom, right to the moon!"

How many Haydn operas do you know? How many Haydn operas have you ever seen on stage? If you are in New York you are going to have a rare opportunity to answer yes to both questions when The Gotham Chamber Opera presents Haydn’s comic opera Il mondo della luna (The World on the Moon). The unusual venue for the performances (five are scheduled during January 19 – 28th, 2010) is the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, American Museum of Natural History.

The Hayden Planetarium? Here’s what the press release says about the production, “For the first time ever, the Hayden Planetarium will be transformed into an intimate opera house using a 180-degree dome and projections courtesy of NASA. Taking advantage of breakthroughs in laser and light technology, Il mondo della luna will fuse live opera and stargazing, immersing the audience in a completely new kind of theatrical event – an out-of-this-world experience for opera lovers, science buffs, and theatergoers alike.”

The production is directed by Diane Paulus, whose brilliant modern-dress setting of Monteverdi’s L’orfeo was one of the high points of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Monteverdi opera cycle a few years ago, so this should be a gem of a production.

For more information and tickets, be sure to visit Gotham Chamber Opera.

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