LOS ANGELES — Oscar nominated actress Sigourney Weaver will narrate live the world premiere of Annie Gosfield’s opera “War of the Worlds’” for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, an avante-garde presentation that will be heard simultaneously inside and outside Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The premiere will take place November 12 with two additional performances November 18, the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced Friday in a press statement.
Weaver, a long-time ally of the LGBTQ community, told the Advocate in 2013 that “Gay rights are the battle of our time.”
Gosfield’s “War of the Worlds” uses Orson Welles’ famous 1938 fake news broadcast about aliens invading Earth as a backdrop to spotlight the reliability, or lack thereof, of information dissemination in modern times.
The show will be heard outside the concert hall thanks to three World War II air raid sirens in downtown Los Angeles that have been retrofitted into public speakers.
Sounds, songs and news bulletins from performers on the streets will be broadcast inside the hall.
Yuval Sharon, a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, adapted the text and will direct the performance.