Written by Gustavo Leone and based on two one-act plays from the 60s, “Absurdopera” is a comic opera in two acts in the style of the theatre of the absurd. Sung in English, each act uses the text of a one-act play by Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco, respectively.
Act One is based on the development of the character “Music” in “Words and Music,” a piece for radio written by Beckett in 1962. In it, the two main characters “Words” and “Music” work simultaneously with and against each other in order to produce songs, musical interludes, and lyric poetry. The third character, Croak, suggests, claims, demands they both work together to finally make up a song. Act Two is based on “The Leader,” a one-act play by Eugene Ionesco written in 1960. The Leader presents two basic scenes of brief encounters of people and their mounting expectations of the arrival of the title character.