What happens when you mix a 1920s horror classic, group improvisation, and minimalist opera? Join OTO for this one-night-only Friday the 13th show to find out! “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde vs. Dr. Atomic” is the latest installment of OTO’s “Opera vs. Cinema” series, which pairs forgotten silent films with live, entirely improvised accompaniment from favorite operas.
Shakespearian actor John Barrymore stars in this early silent film version of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” the dark and probing drama that explores the savage side in all of us: can it be controlled? Tamed? Killed? Barrymore gives a wrenching and captivating performance without the aid of cinematic devices and special effects that would come with later versions of this classic tale.
Explore your inner demons with drink specials such as “The Devil and Johnny Walker,” the “Sweeney Martini” and “Evil Dead Ale,” and watch pianist Douglas Schneider, percussionist Ian Kerr and friends concoct a live, entirely improvised accompaniment before your eyes (and ears), based on themes from John Adams’ minimalist opera “Dr. Atomic.”
Opera Theater Oregon’s mission is to bring opera back into pop culture through creative editing and adaptation. Affordable, entertaining, and commonly available (bars, movie theaters, online), OTO helps more people connect with classical music in a way that feels relevant to their lives.
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