Here at Flavorwire, we’re always up for new forms of artistic expression, particularly those that take traditional notions of genre and performance and turn them on their heads. We’ve been hearing whispers of Karen O’s new ‘psycho opera’ since July, but as more and more information has trickled in, we’ve gotten more and more excited, if only for the spectacle of it all. To tide ourselves over until the show arrives in NYC in October, we’ve taken a look at a few other wonderfully insane operas we’ve caught wind of over the years. Note: though we’re sure everyone has their own idea of what constitutes an opera, the first definition in the dictionary is “a dramatic work in one or more acts, set to music for singers and instrumentalists,” so we’re casting a wide net in terms of form — but strangeness is not optional.
“I have a pretty good idea of what the psycho opera is about but I wouldn’t dare try and put it into my clumsy words,” Karen O said in an August press release. “I’m hoping to create an original live experience … This piece isn’t aiming to be all about spectacle or abstraction though there is good helping of both in the production. It’s aiming to have all the good stuff of escapist entertainment with a few sucker punches to the gut along the way.” Sounds good to us. Part of The Creators Project, the opera will run at St Ann’s Warehouse from October 12-22.