A night of Game of Thrones-inspired opera music will go on show in New York next year.
George R. R. Martin’s novels and the popular HBO Game of Thrones series have become the inspiration for a night of operatic treats to be performed by the One World Symphony in February.
The Game of Thrones night at the opera runs from February 1st -2nd in New York and forms part of the “Operasodes season,” which mashes together popular modern TV shows with existing musical works.
Music from such diverse composers as Richard Wagner, Annie Lennox, Sergei Prokofiev and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be performed at the event
Speaking to The Guardian, artistic director and composer/conductor of the One World Symphony, Sung Jin Hong notes that Game of Thrones has naturally operatic traits.
“The show has all the drama, intrigue and passion that operas have been providing us for centuries: seduction, obsession, deception, political maneuvering, romance, heartbreak, incest — to name a few,” Hong said.
The One World Symphony also perform music inspired by Fox’s sitcom New Girl and Hannibal, The TV series based on Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon. Hannibal Lector’s arias take the form of an original opera composed by Hong – a treatment he said he’d also be keen to give Game of Thrones.
“Cersei Lannister … would make Salomé look like a virgin saint,” Hong said to The Guardian. “Her strength may be her imagination, and her saving grace may be her unconditional love for her son, who may be even more wicked … Might as well write a whole opera on her, right?”
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