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August 12, 2016 @ 06:00 - August 28, 2016 @ 21:00
Rosetta’s Stone – a Neuroscience Opera
By John Bilotta, Jostein Stalheim, Oded Ben-Horin and John McGrew
Rosetta – a girl (soprano), Srfs – Rosetta’s subconscious (a clarinet), Al – Music Teacher and Alzheimer’s patient (bass)
Chorus (Brain Regions):
Cortex (high voice) Thalamus (medium voice) Hippocampus (low voice) Amygdala (high voice) Cerebellum (medium voice) Brain Stem (low voice)
Synopsis: The opera takes place in the cafe “Rosetta’s Stone”, in which the Brain Stem is the chef and restaurant owner. The Chorus is a society in perfect harmony, in Al’s mind. Al asks Rosetta a question during a music lesson. Years later, Rosetta discovers that Al is changing, deteriorating, becoming childish and unclear. The Hippocampus announces the beginning phases of Alzheimer’s disease, followed by a chaotic relationship between her and the teacher (Cortex). Srfs is worried, though Rosetta pretends all is well at first. When Al, succumbing to later phases of the disease, ceases to recognize Rosetta, she helps him with music which he himself taught her, thus reaching his memory.