Kelvin Chan To Direct Sci-Fi Opera ‘The Bradbury Tattoos’  

By Francisco Salazar

Acclaimed multihyphenate opera creative Kelvin Chan is set to direct the world premiere of the science fiction rock opera “The Bradbury Tattoos.”

The opera will be produced by concert:nova, the contemporary classical ensemble in Cincinnati. The opera, which was written by composer Zac Greenberg and librettist Michael Burnham, is based on four stories in Ray Bradbury’s 1951 sci-fi anthology “The Illustrated Man.”

In a press statement Chan noted, “I feel that these are four really beautiful stories; probably some of the best from ‘The Illustrated Man.’ Whether we are talking about the end of the world, or the atom bomb, or what it means to fall out of space after a rocket explodes, or Martians invading the earth through another dimension, these four stories really deal with how to be human.”

Chan has worked with new and experimental opera and music-theater including appearances with New Amsterdam, New Dramatists, the Tri-Centric Foundation, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, the Little Globe Foundation, Schlüterwerke (Vienna, Austria), New York City Opera’s VOX Festival, Opera Moderne, American Repertory Theatre, Nautilus Music-Theater, and HGOCo.

The world premiere of “The Bradbury Tattoos” will take place at Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday, July 13, at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 22, at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.