Ruth L. Carver, Associate Producer, Luminous Thread
Well, the title of our upcoming original opera has a slightly more descriptive title: Queen Victoria’s Floating Garden of Secrets and Natural Wonders. Say that 10 times, fast.
Climate change is one of the major themes Luminous Thread explores in its shows, and as Denver audiences will see, we do it in a fun, farcical, irreverent manner- not your average scare tactic, or boring, preachy, educational drama.
This recent series of photos of an Australian Red Wave could almost be backdrops for Queen Victoria, as we watch a motley group of royalty and pirates combat the environment.
Whether these photos are “real” or not, they are certainly theatrical! They remind me of the photoshopped Hurricane Sandy images. Our opera looks at the scary facts of human/environmental interactions through the lens of operatic humor and grandiosity. Opera often presents the most hyperbolic human situations or emotions…but if these photos are real, then our story isn’t that much of an exaggeration. Yikes!