Not content with preparing to unleash one of the most anticipated rock records of the millennium so far in May, Faith No More’s Roddy Bottum will premiere his debut opera on 2 April in Brooklyn, New York.
Polymath Roddy composed and wrote the libretto for Sasquatch, a short form opera that is part of Experiments in Opera’s Story Binge festival at Roulette in Brooklyn. The story is based on the legend of Sasquatch, half man, half beast, who roams the forest invisibly, pursued and exploited by a backwoods family as part of their elaborate and theatrical side show. The opera stars Robbie Daniels, Colin Self, Paul Soileau ( aka Christeene) and Stephen Wesley Wood.
Roddy said: “The impetus for my opera is a theme I’m particularly fond of, that of the gentle giant, the misunderstood monster, the impaired genius with the sensitivity of a child. I reference John Merrick of the Elephant Man, Frankenstein, King Kong and a 100 pound four year old I once saw on Jerry Springer as characters of inspiration…The opera itself is three scenes of what will eventually be a full form opera. The current instrumentation is timpani, trumpets, synthesizer and drum machine. The artistic exercise is a profound and unique opportunity for me to tell a story through music in an experimental setting and work and collaborate with some of my favorite artists.”
This looks very interesting and here’s hoping for the full version in the near future.