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For the World Traveler

Frankenstein, by Gregg Kallor

The doctor and his monster in Gregg Kallor’s chamber opera Frankenstein, premiering at the Arizona Opera.

Oct 21–22, 2023
330 S Scott Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

They’re back! The piteous Monster (Edward Parks), assembled from spare body parts sourced in morgues and graveyards, and the callous Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Terence Chin-Loy), who did the assembling, return in a new chamber opera. Words and music are by Gregg Kallor, an American pianist-composer as much at home in jazz as in classical music. To judge by clips from a workshop preview, Kallor is a skillful scene painter with a gift for fluent, neoromantic dialogue in song that you can follow without recourse to supertitles. (That ought to be a given, but it’s not.) —Matthew Gurewitsch

Photo: Tim Trumble Photography

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