Komar & Melamid ‘Naked Revolution: A Socialist Realist Opera’ is a Dadaistic immigrant dream farce

People's World Feb 14, 2020

The release of Naked Revolution: A Socialist Realist Opera on a CD was the product of several years’ worth of effort.

This almost hour-long work composed by Dave Soldier to a libretto by Maita di Niscemi is billed as “a socialist realist opera drawn from immigrant dreams.” It was originally composed and produced in 1997 at the Kitchen in New York City, and recorded at the time. Additional vocals, however, were recorded in 2017-18. The Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, a small ensemble that sometimes sounds like a gamelan orchestra, is conducted by Richard Auldon Clark. Mulatta Records issued the album in 2018.

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