Dr. Terry Marks-Tarlow
I have written the libretto for an opera, called Cracked Orlando.
The composer is Jonathan Dawe
These highlights are posted with the permission and at the request of Jonathan Dawe.
THIS OPERA IS LOOKING FOR AN OPERA HOUSE AND BACKERS FOR MORE PERFOMANCES. CRACKED oRLANDO OPENED AND PLAYED IN NEW YORK, SELLING OUT AND RECEIVING TERRIFIC ACCLAIM.
Cracked Orlando is based on Vivaldi’s adaptation of an epic 15th poem by Ariosto. The story is quite psychological, about a man who goes crazy with unrequited love. We started with the thinnest narrative thread in Italian, drawn from Vivaldi’s original libretto. I added English fragments to complement fractals in Jonathan’s music. I “grew” them according to the Fibonacci sequence, which keeps adding the last two terms and is self-similar in form, by preserving part/whole relations. I initiated 4 Fibonacci “bushes,” beginning with one, two, three, and four words. For thematic content I drew upon Jungian archetypes of number: one represents wholeness; two, polarity/fight; three, change/dynamics; four, resolution/manifestation. I treated the growing bushes like poetry, a kind of Haiku, and then color coded the results and threaded the growing English through the Italian narrative. After seven iterations, the English overpowered the Italian to culminate in an 84 word aria for Orlando.
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