Provocative opera on cloning Goya
FRANCISCO Goya, one of the greatest painters of all time, is the figure around which the modern opera Facing Goya revolves. But the opera is not about the life and times of the artist, who died in 1828. Instead, it portrays attempts by scientists to use his skull for social engineering and ultimately create a clone of him, so that the world may enjoy new works of art.
Facing Goya is filled with provocative ideas about art, science and ethics. In many ways, it is as far from Puccini's Madame Butterfly and Verdi's La Traviata as you can get. But the men behind it - British composer Michael Nyman and Singapore director Ong Keng Sen - are not interested...