When two awesome yet clearly distinct cultural phenomena collide to produce a never-before-seen, wacked-out result, fireworks should probably go off somewhere. The kind that look like Day-Glo cowboy hats and Eiffel Towers. While explosions in the sky are likely not going to happen this Friday night when the independent opera collective Liederwölfe present their interpretation of Dinosaur Comics, the performance will definitely blow a few people’s minds.
As part of the Indyish Pop Montreal showcase this year, the collective of professional musicians decided to do something even more out of the ordinary than usual. After sold-out performances of Gluck’s opera Orphée at Montreal’s Sala Rossa last year and several shows in pubs and parking lots around Quebec, the three-year-old Liederwölfe will now premiere to the world what they guess is the world’s first webcomic opera. They’re probably right on that guess.
Written by the "elusive yet affable" Dr. Eggbert McMuffin (a pseudonym, you say?), the opera is based on one of Ryan North’s popular online Dinosaur Comics – chronicles of life’s little ponderings as told via comic-style images of several dinosaurs. The pairing truly reflects Liederwölfe’s mission to take opera out of the concert hall and bring it to the people, in bars, galleries, festivals or in the streets. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wonder what they’ll think of next.
Liederwölfe and more at the Indyish Mess
Friday, Oct. 3, 9 p.m.
Les Saintes (30 Ste-Catherine W.)