An Operatic Retelling Of Orwell 's Dystopian Masterpiece

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1984:
An Operatic retelling of Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece.
Kirstie Wooten
Shepherd University

Abstract
This research looks at the Operatic work 1984 based on the 1949 George Orwell novel of the same name. The research centers on the synopsis of the story, inspirations of both author and composer, performers in the opera, as well as its premiere and review.

1984:
An Operatic Retelling of Orwell’s Dystopian Masterpiece.
As the history of Opera has progressed, characters have become progressively raw and themes increasingly dark. While Comedic Operas delight and entertain spectators, there is just something about controversial, visceral stories that keep audiences yearning for more. This trend does not waiver in terms of 21st century Opera—which is why in 2005, the Royal Opera House of London premiered a dark, and technology infused Operatic retelling of George Orwell’s infamous novel, 1984. This adaptation composed by Lorin Maazel is a mixture of text straight from the book, as well as personal interpretations by the composer and librettists to make a better stage production.
The Story
The novel is set in a futuristic totalitarian nation by the name of Oceana, once known as London. Every aspect of this dystopic country is governed through censorship and fear—screens in every room that can see and hear any action done or word spoken, required hate filled rallies, and even technologies to penetrate the human mind. Any sign of…
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