A new version of Robert Ashley’s opera Perfect Lives (1983), presented in Spanish for stage and television. Directed by Alex Waterman.
In 2010, Issue Project Room was awarded an NEA grant to produce a new version ofâ€¨ Perfect Lives in co-operation with Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman. The NEA grantâ€¨ provided the funds necessary to begin, but it constitutes only a fraction of the cost ofâ€¨ a live performance run and an even smaller fraction of the cost of the televisionâ€¨ production.
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Vidas Perfectas will be produced for television and appear in seven 30-minute episodes. We are now seeking partners throughout the country to co-produce theâ€¨ remaining episodes in the series. The newly completed installments will premiere at the hosting institution, joined by all episodes completed at the time of staging. This cumulative way of working allows us to spread the fund-raising and labour of creating a 3 hour opera, over a longer period of time. We can get deeper into the music and create shorter, more realistic goals along the way.
At the finish of all seven episodes, we intend to tour the full production (specifically â€¨in the U.S., Spain and Latin America), and to mount a complete television version onâ€¨ Spanish- and English language television. Furthermore, we plan to publish theâ€¨ resulting production as a CD and DVD.