Hopefully he received’t present his magic flute.
An opera concerning the Manhattan trial of Harvey Weinstein is presently in manufacturing in Northern Ireland, and may be coming to New York City, its creator tells The Post.
“There are conversations about taking it somewhere off the beaten track in New York, but it is very early days still,” Conor Mitchell, director of the Belfast Ensemble, which is staging the opera, informed The Post. “I think New York City would be its natural home.”
For now, Mitchell, 43, says his plan is to get “The Trial of Harvey Weinstein: An Opera,” up and working in time for the Belfast International Arts Festival in October. Rehearsals are scheduled to start in September.
“Belfast is a very politicized place. There is a real tradition here of highly politically-charged subject matter in the plays,” Mitchell defined.
Mitchell, who wrote the music himself, stated he’ll take the libretto immediately from the six girls who testified towards Weinstein throughout his 2020 New York City trial. The disgraced leisure titan was convicted of rape final 12 months and sentenced to 23 years in prison.
The opera, which continues to be being conceptualized, received’t be a typical courtroom drama — and there’s no male actor taking part in the Weinstein position.
“In a way, I don’t care about him. I care about the effect of his actions on other people,” Mitchell stated of Weinstein. “The ability of music to express that. One of the main arguments of the piece is ‘Where can music express what is not said here?’”
“It’s not a representation of court case, but a piece of art that responds to [the women’s] statements. It’s not a physical recreation of events,” he added. “I think one of the big theatrical experiments is what happens when Harvey Weinstein’s self impact statement is sung by the women who are impacted by his behavior.”
“Picture six sopranos on stage with a huge amount of multi-media,” he added. “This is about taking the words — fragments of the statements, without creating named characters, or representing a person on stage. It’s about the text becoming music.”
Large-scale operas primarily based on present occasions have lengthy been a distinct segment space of the style. A 2003 opera primarily based on Jerry Springer had greater than 600 performances in London, whereas John Adams’ epic 1987 work “Nixon in China,” has been carried out in Europe and North America.
Mitchell wrote a 2019 opera, “Abomination,” which delved into homophobia in native Northern Ireland politics. The Guardian referred to as it “clear-eyed, redemptive and entertaining.”
The thought for a Weinstein opera was not panned outright by Weinstein victims and their advocates.
“I 100 percent would see this, because as a survivor of Harvey Weinstein — I would want to both prepare myself for more potential trauma and make a formal opinion on the production based on facts,” Hayley Gripp, who accused Weinstein of trying to rape her, informed The Post.
Attorney Gloria Allred, who represented three of the witnesses who testified in Weinstein’s prison case, is on board too — if the ladies whose testimony would be used grant their permission.
“If they do obtain the consent of the victims whom they plan to portray, then I am supportive of such an opera if it portrays the pain, the anguish, and the psychological harm that a victim has suffered as a result of being sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein,” she stated.
Team Weinstein, nonetheless, stated the piece may wind up with an addendum.
“Well, they may have to produce a second act based on my client’s appeal as to whether his trial was a fair one,” his legal professional Imran H. Ansari informed The Post.