By Francisco Salazar
“Black Lodge” is set to make its world premiere at the Opera Philadelphia Festival O22 and the 2022 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
The work is composed by David T. Little and is produced by Beth Morrison Projects. The new opera draws on the disturbing and complicated mythologies of the surrealist writer William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch) and uses dance, industrial rock, classical string quartet, and opera to take viewers through a “Lynchian” psychological escape room.
The libretto was written by legendary poet Anne Waldman and story, screenplay, and direction by Michael Joseph McQuilken.
Part film screening and part industrial rock opera concert, the work will feature glam opera band Timur & the Dime Museum alongside musicians from the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra at the Philadelphia Film Center.
The work will premiere at the Philadelphia Film Center on Oct. 1 and 2, 2022 and then make its streaming debut on Oct. 21 on the Opera Philadelphia Channel.