'The Fly' Morphs Into Opera

Cronenberg classic debuts in Paris
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2008 1:35 PM CDT
'The Fly' Morphs Into Opera
Singer Ruxandra Donose performs during a press rehearsal of the opera based on Canadian director David Cronenberg 1986 movie 'The Fly' on June 30, 2008 in Paris' Chatelet Theatre.   (AFP/Getty Images)

David Cronenberg’s horror classic The Fly has metamorphosed into something new: an opera. This new, unholy horror-opera hybrid was unleashed on Paris last night, garnering at least somewhat enthusiastic applause, Bloomberg reports. Intact were all the things that made the movie memorable: its tragic love plot, hideous monster and, of course, lots of gore.

Original composer Howard Shore updated his score for the Opera and drew scattered boos during the curtain call. “The music was a let-down,” one fan told the Guardian. But Cronenberg is optimistic. “Someone’s 6-year-old said that she thought she would have to sleep with her parents, so I guess it’s working.” The show runs through July 13 before coming to LA. So be afraid, California. Be very afraid. (More David Cronenberg stories.)

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