Opera Telephone

Title: Opera Telephone
Year: 2006
Medium: Digital Video
Duration: 13:44 min.
Description: A videowork in which the childhood game of "Telephone" is played with 8 adults. In "Telephone" a secret message is passed from person to person, each player trying their best to replicate the message as they hear it. At the end, the final message is shared and compared to the original. In Opera Telephone, the original message is an aria from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi sung by soprano Sarah Hershman. The aria eventually degrades to a series of "yes"s and "no"s.

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