The New Yorker

“eL/Aficionado”

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CLASSICAL Robert Ashley fused elements of spy novels, Jungian dream analysis, personal ads, and real-estate hype to make his 1987 chamber opera, “eL/Aficionado,” throughout which an agent is peppered with questions by three interrogat­ors. Originally a showcase for the noble baritone Thomas Buckner, the opera is recast here to feature the versatile mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Butcher, whose interpreta­tion—captured in a forthcomin­g cast recording—has a spiritual intensity all its own. Portraying the interrogat­ors are Bonnie Lander, Brian McCorkle, and Paul Pinto; Tom Hamilton re-creates his dreamlike electronic orchestrat­ion, and David Moodey serves as the stage and lighting director.—Steve Smith (Roulette; Oct. 21-23 at 8.)

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