Composer Daron Hagen and The Mercury Collective Publish “Orson Rehearsed: The Final Thoughts of Orson Welles” Online


Composer Daron Hagen and The Mercury Collective have published “Orson Rehearsed: The Final Thoughts of Orson Welles” online.

The opera film stars Omar Mulero, Robert Frankenberry and Robert Orth as they introduce the iconic filmmaker and actor on the brink of life and death.

The work has been shown at a number of major festivals and won major awards at the Los Angeles Motion Picture Festival, LA Indies, Toronto Film and Script Awards, Chicago Indie Film Awards, The Oaks International Film Festival, Austin International Art Festival , New Wave Short Film Festival in Munich, International Swedish Film Festival and Montreal Independent Film Festival, among others.

“… The three Welles avatars, tenors Omar Mulero and Robert Frankenberry and baritone Robert Orth sing with dramatic conviction, appealing tone and clear diction. The Fifth House Ensemble, conducted by conductor Roger Zaheb, provides the instrumental component alive and full of character. … I found ‘Orson Rehearsed’ by Hagen a fascinating and moving experience. If you are adventurous in your lyrical tastes and are interested in the topic presented, I highly recommend it to your attention, ”said a review from Fanfare Magazine.

“It’s so hard not to aim for the moon when a guy gets an important question like this about a project that has been invested in so much love, thought and hard work. In the end, it doesn’t matter what one intended to create; all that matters is what happened, ”Hagen told OperaWire of what he hopes audiences will take away from the experience. “The opera was staged; the CD was released on Naxos; the film is being streamed on various platforms, and the DVD is being posted. So it’s done. Except now Louisiana State University is hosting the first live revival – with three female Orsons, in the spring – Welles would have loved that, don’t you think? So what kind of take out would I like an audience to have? Life is not a repetition, and yet, in a way, it is; we are still running and trying to finish things, forgetting that life and art are both a process, and that process was the point.

REPEATED ORSON from The New Mercury Collective on Vimeo.

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