Artist-in-Residence James Ilgenfritz: The Ticket That Exploded: An Opera (based on a novel by William S. Burroughs)

Artist-in-Residence James Ilgenfritz presents The Ticket That Exploded:  An Opera based on William Burroughs' 1962 dystopian novel about identity disintegration, oppression of humanity's collective consciousness through technological influence, and revolution through the subversion of those very technologies. Featuring vocalists Ted Hearne, Nick Hallett, Melissa Hughes, Anne Rhodes, Steve Dalachnsky, and Ryan Opperman, an ensemble of fifteen instrumentalists, and live video projections from Jason Ponce, the opera will be organized using the same cut-up techniques and emphasis on language that distinguishes Burroughs' literary work.

ISSUE’s Artist-in-Residence program is made possible, in part, through generous support from the Jerome Foundation; the Suzanne Fiol Memorial Fund; Meet the Composer; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York’s 62 counties.