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Dr Dee: An English Opera

2011-08-20 17:13 | ESSWE admin (Administrator)
Doctor Dee is an opera created by theatre director Rufus Norris and musician and composer Damon Albarn, and was inspired by comic book author Alan Moore. Its debut performance was at the Palace Theatre, Manchester in July 2011, as part of the 2011 Manchester International Festival. The opera is based on the life of John Dee, medical and scientific advisor to Elizabeth I.

An opera titled "Doctor Dee" was originally planned as a collaboration between Albarn, Gorillaz partner Jamie Hewlett and comic book author Alan Moore. Gorillaz first approached Moore in the hope that he would help them with a production based on superhero characters. Moore was not interested in this idea and instead proposed that, together, they create "an opera about magic", based on Doctor John Dee. Moore is credited for "inspiration" in the opera's official programme and his incomplete work on the opera's libretto is due to appear in an upcoming issue of literary magazine 'Strange Attractor'. In an interview in May 2011, Rufus Norris said that the production would feature Elizabethan and traditional west African instrumentation, as well as a conventional 20-piece orchestra and an on-stage performance by Albarn.
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