Music by Andy Vores
Libretto adapted from the play by Henry Carey (1734)
Premiere: November 3, 2017
Location: 132 Ipswich Street at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee
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Guerilla Opera presents an interview with Andy Vores about his opera “Chrononhotonthologos” with libretto adapted from the play by Henry Carey (1734). Filmed and edited by Niko Matses.

“Thanks to the enterprising Guerilla Opera for commissioning a terrific new opera by Andy Vores, “Chrononhotonthologos,” a deliciously inventive musical version of an 18th century political farce by Henry Carey, which ends with Vores’ beautiful and stirring setting of Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach” … musically it was a knockout.” (WBUR)

“Every year for the past decade, Guerilla Opera has brought fresh new works to the stage, and each has been vivid in its own way. But Chrononhotonthologos is perhaps the company’s best-sung and most entertaining work to date.” (Boston Classical Review)

“Making a virtue of the minimal staging and limited means of rendering action, the stage designers took many creative risks.” (Boston Musical Intelligencer)

Chrononhotonthologos is a world premiere opera commissioned by Guerilla Opera. The libretto is based on the absurdist, satirical play by Henry Carey from 1734. An example of English nonsense verse, it uses nonsense words as substitutes to perhaps mock public figures of its era as well as the high theater from which it takes its form. It parodies the high-blown style of revenge tragedies and operatic libretti, while attacking the amorality and depravity of the rich, privileged, and powerful. It is sung in English and will be approximately 75 minutes in duration.

This opera marks the second collaboration between Guerilla Opera and composer Andy Vores, following his operatic adaptation of Jean Paul Sartre’s “No Exit,” the second work Guerilla Opera premiered. “No Exit” is the most performed work from our cannon having received fully staged productions by both Florida Grand Opera and Chicago Opera Vanguard.

Guerilla Opera has always been interested in ongoing collaborations—developing multiple operas by one composer with the understanding that these long term associations result in a shared musical and theatrical language. Andy Vores has been a part of Guerilla Opera from its inception. He is an exceptional composer with a truly rare musical wit as well as an innate gift for the lyric theater.

Guerilla Opera presents the Introduction, Prologue and Scene 1 from “Chrononhotonthologos” by Andy Vores. Libretto adapted from the play by Henry Carey (1734). A chorus and a Poet, Matthew DiBattista, who later plays King Chrononhotonthologos, introduce the opera. The two courtiers gossip news about the King and his troops until they are interrupted by the King himself. (Cast: Aliana de la Guardia as QUEEN, Douglas Dodson as ALDOBORONTIPHOSCOPHORINIO, Matthew DiBattista as KING/POET and Brian Church as RIGDUM-FUNNIDOS. Filmed and edited by Niko Matses.)