Eaton Opera a “Curious Case”….
On the evening of June 16th, the latest of Mr. John Eaton’s pocket operas, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” a strangely involving work based on a 1922 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was presented by the Pocket Opera Players at Symphony Space. Mr. Eaton has won a loyal following, and the hall was nearly full for this one-time performance, presented by the Center for Contemporary Opera and the American Composers Alliance in its June Festival.
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is best known for the 2008 film version starring Brad Pitt. But the screenplay for that mystical, romantic movie differs enormously from Fitzgerald’s satirical, deeply metaphorical and captivating story. Mr. Eaton and his librettist, Estela Eaton, a poet (and the composer’s daughter), adhere more to Fitzgerald, even using lines of his dialogue. Get the rest of the details from Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times: http://http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/17/arts/music/17button.html