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Damon Albarn to Appear in Opera

June 7, 2011  |  3:08pm
Damon Albarn to Appear in Opera

Damon Albarn has always had an knack for drama with the animated adventures of his fictional band Gorillaz, so opera is the next logical step, right? The Blur frontman is collaborating with British theater director Rufus Norris to create Dr Dee: An English Opera, which Albarn will write and perform music for.

The opera will be based on the life of Elizabethan scholar John Dee, and Albarn told the BBC that his interest in the project came from “a really strange emotional connection” to his English heritage.

Showings begin in July as part of the Manchester International Festival in the UK.

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