Jacob Cooper

I: Commencer une autre mort
II: Black or White
III: Alla stagion dei fior

Each of the videos in Triptych uses pre-existing footage as source material. Commencer une autre mort “revises” the closing death scene in Bizet’s Carmen, while Alla stagion dei fior does the same for Puccini’s La Bohème. The source material for Black or White is not an opera, but rather a performance by Michael Jackson, a celebrity whose outsized life—and tragic death—trace a near-operatic arc. TRIPTYCH undoubtedly relies on the artistry of the footage it adapts, and I am indebted to all who were involved in the original videorecordings.

III. Alla stagion dei fior
At the end of the penultimate act in La Bohème, as Mimì’s death looms, she and Rodolfo resolve to end their relationship; but, frightened by the thought of being without each other, they decide to remain together through the winter, parting only “alla stagion dei fior”—when the season of flowers arrives.

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