Gonzales Cantata: A New Perspective On Concert Opera

September 4th, 2009 - 7:51 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
alberto_gonzales_480Mellisa Dunphy has redefined a piece of art in changing a transcript of Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into The Gonzales Cantata, that actually poses anew an art piece drawing from the cumbersome machinations of political drama. It is based on the U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ Committee hearing.

The concert opera to be held in a Philadelphia theater will be a marvelous poetic release for those who savor politics and controversy. The opera is centered around how a man as important as Gonzales must obligatorily pay back for his incompetence. It dwells on the disgrace and indignation suffered by Gonzales which led him to his resignation.

The real life character is portrayed as the “mythical Orpheus” and so there are classical overtones that enhance the mishap and underlines its significance in a universal manner. The tragedy is pronounced and more moving since Dunphy presents his loss “without hope of escape or redemption.” Gonzales has been alleged for violating international laws reportedly.

Speaking of the improvisation and parodies, the composer and conductor Mellisa Dunphy enumerated saying, “In protest of the male domination of American politics,the genders of the performers have been reversed in relation to the characters they play.” Her Cantata spans for 40 minutes and has verbatim accounts of the Gonzales’ dismissal. Dunphy told sources that both Democrats and Republicans who enjoy the musical chirp later that it was hardly about politics, and she says herself completing the idea “It’s about a man who made some mistakes and is facing the music.” Practically so.

From 2001 to 2005 Gonzales was serving as a White House Counsel under the Bush Administration.

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