Robert Ashley. Photo copyright Joanne Savio. Courtesy the artist.
Robert Ashley (b. 1930, Ann Arbor, Michigan) is a New York-based composer, opera and theater writer, and director, widely considered the father of opera-for-television and a pioneer in mixed media musical theater. He has composed more than a dozen operas, many of which have toured internationally and appeared on television worldwide. In the 1960s and 70s, Ashley traveled with ONCE, a music-theater ensemble, and the composers' collective Sonic Arts Union. The opera-for-television Perfect Lives (1977-83), commissioned by The Kitchen in New York and co-produced with Great Britain's Channel Four, is perhaps his best-known work. Other major operas include Dust (1999-01); Now Eleanor’s Idea (1993); Atalanta (Acts of God) (1981-87); and That Morning Thing (1968).
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That Morning Thing
||For his Performa Premiere, Robert Ashley—a pioneer of opera-for-television and mixed media musical theater—will present That Morning Thing (1967), an opera in three acts for men’s and women's speaking voices and eight dancers.||$30