'A Sort of Guerrilla': Che at the Opera

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Title

'A Sort of Guerrilla': Che at the Opera

Description

The undoubted cause célèbre of the 1969 Holland Festival was the large-scale musictheatre piece Reconstructie , jointly authored by a team of five young composers and twolibrettists. The work, which took as its subject ‘the struggle against US imperialism in Latin America’, and revolved around the figure of Che Guevara, embodied the authors’ dualcommitment to political engagement and artistic experiment. My account examines the work through the lens of recent scholarship that stresses the politically reactionary function of avant-garde experimentation within the cultural Cold War. In the process, attention is given tobroader factors affecting the work’s production and reception: these include contemporaneousdebates about cultural popularising and the Holland Festival; the complex motives of the work’s governmental patrons; and the influence upon the authors of Cuba, Castro and Guevarahimself.

Creator

Robert Adlington

Source

Cambridge Opera Journal, 19/2 (2007), 167-93

Publisher

Timothy C Platt, MSM

Date

2007

Files

A_Sort_of_Guerrilla_Che_at_the_Opera.pdf

Collection

Citation

Robert Adlington, “'A Sort of Guerrilla': Che at the Opera,” The Che Guevara Files, accessed July 23, 2017, http://comandantecheguevara.org/items/show/42.