A single-act opera that Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum wrote will get its premiere in Brooklyn next month. Sasquatch: The Opera tells the story of how the daughter of a family who offers “Bigfoot Tours” of their town runs away with a real yeti. “Part folklore, part love story, the opera follows the demise of the family and a taboo love affair that blossoms in its aftermath,” reads the listing on Experiments in Opera, which will present the production, along with six other one-act operas, over two nights.
“It’s not a traditional opera – it’s more like weird little operettas,” the keyboardist, who also plays in Imperial Teen, told Noisey recently. “I grew up in Los Angeles, but I moved to New York specifically to get into opera, and I had this preposterous idea for a Sasquatch love story…. It’s just gonna be three scenes from the opera, but then I’m gonna elaborate on it and build it into a bigger production.”
When Noisey asked why Bottum would want to write a whole opera about bigfoots, the keyboardist said his favorite characters are “gentle giants” – “a misunderstood monster who it turns out is very sensitive and has a high intellect” – and cited Frankenstein’s monster and the Elephant Man as examples. “It felt like Sasquatch could satisfy that really well,” Bottum said. “I’m moved by the big thug who has a heart of gold.”
Sasquatch: The Opera is part of Experiments in Opera’s “Story Binge,” which runs at Brooklyn venue Roulette on April 1st and 2nd.