June 3: Magda G Scriptreading at the Project Room
The Fisher Ensemble presents Garrett Fisher’s newly composed opera in conjunction with a script reading session for the upcoming film Magda G by Ryan K. Adams. Local actors will give a dramatic reading of the movie script to a recording of Fisher’s vibrant score. This event is the second in a series of performances from the Fisher Ensemble as part of The Project Room’s “Beginnings” exhibition, which follows projects from conception to completion.
WHEN: June 3, 2:00-4:00 pm
WHERE: The Project Room, 1315 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122
About Magda G
Garrett Fisher is currently composing his most ambitious opera to date, Magda. Infused with hints of the Greek tragedy Medea, Magda (with libretto by Amy Schrader) will be based on the wife of Nazi Germany’s Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. Magda bore six children, whose names all began with the letter “H,” supposedly out of reverence for Hitler. In 1945, in the Führerbunker, Magda Goebbels murdered her children before committing double suicide with her husband. In Euripides’ play, Medea murders her children to seek revenge against her unfaithful husband. Magda, on the other hand, performed the act as protest against a quickly changing political landscape. The opera explores the similarities and differences between these two figures and their stories. In 2012-3, this opera will become the key element of a new film, Magda G, directed by Ryan K Adams and written by Garrett Fisher/Amy Schrader. The film centers on the actress Johanna Halcón who stars in the production, and who finds herself implicated in the opera’s story and subject matter in unusual (and unfortunate) ways. This Greek tragedy-within-an opera-within-a-film reveals itself much like a Russian doll, and resonates with our own culture’s struggle to discern what is real and what is propaganda, what is historical and what is fictional, cutting to the very core of our struggle to make sense of a confusing and ever-innovating universe. Magda has received support from 4Culture. In April (2012) at Seattle’s Project Room, the Fisher Ensemble unveiled the restoration of the Klavihorn, a rare instrument that plays an important role in the film.