Tod Machover’s first opera, VALIS, broke new ground and garnered rave reviews when it premiered in 1987, and this production will give audiences the first opportunity in almost 30 years to experience this seminal work live. The opera is based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name. VALIS tells the story of Horselover Fat—the author’s alter-ego—who has a surreal, life-changing “pink light” experience. Fat explores the edges of reality and technology and considers the possibility of hope in a world of paranoia and disintegration – themes even more relevant today than when the opera was first performed.
This production stars the path-breaking baritone Davóne Tines (who starred in X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X with Detroit Opera) and mezzo-soprano Anaïs Reno, a quickly rising young vocal star with a love of jazz and The American Songbook. They are joined by a brilliant ensemble of young performers.
Director Jay Scheib (who directed last season’s Bat Out of Hell) is known for genre-defying works of daring physicality and the integration of new (and used) technologies in live performance.