Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett and Alan Moore working on alchemical opera

What do you do when you need to write an opera about an alchemist? Enlist a magician.

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, the gentlemen behind animated wunder-band Gorillaz and Journey to the West-based Opera, Monkey, have enlisted fellow innovator Alan Moore to write the libretto for their next stage outing. According to an interview over at New York Magazine’s Vulture, the opera will be “based on the life of John Dee, who was a very influential force in Elizabethan Europe, especially England….He was an alchemist … It’s about his life.”

Though Albarn only has an initial idea of how the opera will sound, it’s doubtful they could have picked a better collaborator than Moore, who apart from being an excellent writer, has an interest in the occult that seems to mesh well with Dee’s own.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 23:54 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink
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  1. Written by Marga
    on 2010-05-05 at 04:28


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