Upset with how the Canadian media dealt with the Tasering death of Robert Dziekanski five years ago? There's an opera for that. And it's set to premiere at the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax on Thursday.
The one-show-only concert opera — vocalists don't act or wear costumes — chronicles the life of Robert Dziekanski, the Polish immigrant who died in 2007 after being Tasered repeatedly by Mounties at the Vancouver airport.
"Quite frankly, I got tired of seeing Robert Dziekanski die," J.A. Wainwright, a poet and author, told the Canadian Press.
"I wanted to see him live."
Dziekanski's death was captured on camera by an onlooker. The footage brought the story international attention.
Wainwright, who wrote the opera's libretto, says he wanted to treat Dziekanski as a human being and to give both Dziekanski and his mother a voice:
"It doesn't focus in any direct way on the Taser, although it's alluded to metaphorically and very powerfully in the music."
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