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Posted on May 29, 2008

Al Gore has had no shortage of accolades since his rebirth as front man for the environment, but, true to form, Italy’s La Scala opera house is determined to take “An Inconvenient Truth” over the top. An opera of the award-winning book and movie is set to premiere in 2011, and because it’s hard to make a character out of carbon emissions, it’s very possible the production will center on a certain former vice president.

Guardian America:

Battistelli, who until recently was composer-in-residence at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, could not be reached for comment yesterday [Thursday]. But the documentary version of An Inconvenient Truth deals not only with Al Gore’s campaign to raise public awareness of global warming but also his life story; so a biographical work, with the former vice-president as one of the leading characters, may be in the offing.

Al Gore’s concern for climate change dates from long before his defeat by George Bush in the 2000 presidential election. As a student at Harvard, more than 40 years ago, he was deeply influenced by the ideas and research of the oceanographer, Roger Revelle. He initiated the first congressional hearings on global warming, and in 1992 published a bestselling book on environmental issues.

Comparatively few recent operas have been written around contemporary themes. An outstanding exception is Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, which deals with the death penalty.

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By DAveKnTux, June 15, 2009 at 3:56 am Link to this comment

i have to agree with Neil on this one, i saw the piece and i must admit it was a very moving and its potrayal of the global warming theory and the horrors of ignoring it is very poignant.

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By Neil, June 3, 2008 at 11:29 am Link to this comment
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A very moving opera called the “Water Diviners Tale” premiered in the BBC proms series last year.
Its all about Global Warming - the Water Diviner is a central mythical character who at the start of the last century turned to Divining for oil. Then started to hear the effect on the waters - more and strong storms, warming oceans etc.

I got it over the internet from - here is what I found

Proms - Rachel Portman / Owen Sheers - The Water Diviner’s Tale (2007)

BBC - Proms - Rachel Portman / Owen Sheers -
Prom 57: Monday 27 August at 3pm

This year the BBC commissioned The Water Diviner’s Tale, a dramatic musical piece for all ages, from Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman, whose first opera The Little Prince was such a success on BBC television.

For her new piece she worked with the award-winning poet and playwright Owen Sheers to create a drama that draws on global myths and legends about water - from ice and storms to flood and drought - as well as on current stories, to reflect on climate change and the way it affects and concerns young people.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, May 30, 2008 at 5:13 pm Link to this comment

There must be a role in this opera for the great baritone “singer,” McClellan.

Bush could write the lie-bretto.

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By jackpine savage, May 30, 2008 at 2:00 am Link to this comment

Oooh, how will the opera treat the eight years he was VP, when hardly anything was done to improve our environmental ways?

Will there be a piece concerning his relationship with Occidental Petroleum and his recommendation to sell Kitanemuk burial sites for oil drilling?

Probably not…it will just be the fat man singing his own praises, the Left swooning along to every note, and it won’t ever end.

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