ChaplinOperas by Benedict Mason

at the Bockenheimer Depot

Is there anyone who fails to know – and love – Charlie Chaplin’s wonderful silent films ›Easy Street‹, ›The Immigrant‹ or ›The Adventurer‹? Here, however, the soundtrack will not be the original 1920s Hollywood music, but Benedict Mason’s ›ChaplinOperas‹ accompanying the films live. First performed in 1989 on the occasion of Charlie Chaplin’s 100th birthday, ›ChaplinOperas‹ is now considered a milestone in the history of recomposing silent films. »These three scores are virtually unseen, or inverted, opera; you might call this new genre a ›semi-opera filmspiel‹.« (Benedict Mason)