If you’re searching for out-of-this-world plans this weekend, look no further than UNC Opera’s production of “Il Sogno di Scipione,” or “Scipio’s Dream,” on Nov. 16 in Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall. The event will feature music by Mozart with a retro-futuristic twist.
“Scipio’s Dream” is a dramatic serenade in one act originally composed by Mozart, with a libretto based on the book “Somnium Scipionis” by Cicero.
UNC Opera director Marc Callahan said UNC’s unique version of “Scipio’s Dream” seeks to be more contemporary and tangible to audiences by telling a story about a young, aspiring astronaut who finds herself on a celestial journey to success.
“UNC Opera has used this opportunity to explore storytelling through art and design and we have used our research to inform and inspire our creation of sets, costumes and props,” Callahan said in an email. “In this particular production, we are celebrating both surrealism and retro-futurist aspects of art and design.”
Callahan said he found inspiration for the color and futuristic elements from 1960s science fiction and cartoons like “The Jetsons,” as well as contemporary music videos from designers such as Mathew Cullen and Yoann Lemoine.