Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Mackris v. O'Reilly: The Opera

While the sexual harassment allegations levied against Bill O'Reilly by former Fox News producer Andrea Mackris might seem like fodder for a made-for-TV movie, some have decided to elevate the he-said/she-said back-and-forth to a more refined art form.

Enter Igor Keller, a tenor saxophone player from Belltown, Washington, who has re-imagined the O'Reilly saga as a 31-part, concert-length baroque oratorio titled, rather theatrically, Mackris v. O'Reilly. Keller's opus doesn't cut any corners: The libretto opens with a reading of the original complaint filed by Mackris and runs through seven chorales, four recitatives, and numerous arias before the denouement, which features a dramatic reading of the settlement O'Reilly reached with Mackris.

Those who aren't quite sure they can stomach two hours of O'Reilly opera might be better advised to come in for the recitative and aria that comprise part 27, when the infamous loofah-as-falafel finally makes an appearance.

Charles Robert Stephens - Baritone
as Bill O'Reilly

Stephens’ performances show "a committed characterization and a voice of considerable beauty." (Opera News) He has been hailed by The New York Times as a "baritone of smooth distinction."

Signe Mortensen - Soprano
as Andrea Mackris

Mortensen's roles include Musetta in La Boheme (Bellevue Opera), Pamina in Magic Flute (Skagit Opera), Micaela in Carmen (Opera Pacifica), Frasquita in Carmen (Tri-Cities Opera), Adele in Die Fledermaus (TCO), Yum-Yum in Mikado (Skagit Opera), and Josephine in HMS Pinafore (Northwest Savoyards)

LSB: For ticket information see I imagine Olbermann will have front row seats for the opening night!

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