We posted a review of Opera Philadelphia’s production of Daniel Hertzerber’s opera The Wake World, based on Aleister Crowley’s poem of the same name. Here’s the synopsis OP posted:
Here’s the synposis posted by Opera Philadelphia who produced these performances:
The Wake World
(a tale for babes and sucklings)
I. RITUAL PROCESSION
a secretive somniloquy?
a half-remembered hush?
(let’s crawl inside and disclose it.)
II. PRELUDIUM IN (THROUGH) THE THEATRE
with dead sounds.
III. THE BEGINNING
breathe the wet perfumes!
drink the crimson skies!
the wake-up person is coming!
IV. THE PALACE
i. rust, hollow, all sleep. don’t stay here, silly!
ii. the lady with the silver hair
iii. the feast (most people stay here forever)
iv. sleepy, fuzzy, green. zzz…
V. TREASURE HOUSE OF GOLD
this part is really secret so I can’t tell you about what we did.
and I even had to make a promise that I would never,
ever betray my wake-up person.
VI. MISTRESS OF IT ALL
i. underneath orange is red. (and most people stay here all their lives)
ii. underneath green is blue. and blue is the sleepiest color.
Lola! wake up! there’s mischief about!
VII. OUT OF DOORS
in the end
there is no more roof.
but if you squint
you can find me
on the other side.
the wake-up person
p.s. I love you
Here’re some of my pix: