in the Shadow of Greatness


December 17, 2003

Grand Affair :: 'Behemoth'

So just because—I outlined the substance of the Opera, "Behemoth" by Walker Sherwood Long.

The story of a naval captain shipwrecked on an uncharted island kingdom ruled by a Queen. The Queen owes part of her very long life and peaceful rule to her relationship with the island, which is not natural but in reality a Behemoth. When the Queen falls in love with the naval captain, the Behemoth begins to explore this new relationship by possessing at times the Captain, at times the Queen, and at times the Queen's best friend and Advisor in an effort to investigate love. The triangle mix up provides comedy and terrible confusions.
Needless to say, I know nothing much about Opera.

What occurred to me about this was, that the singers would have the challenge of communicating to the audience in song range and word when they were 'possessed' by the Behemoth. Each principal singer would have two parts to play: their own character and the hidden Behemoth.

RolePlaying inside of role-playing.

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