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Mata Hari

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Members say: Slow, Confusing, Ambitious, Great singing, Enchanting

About the show

HERE Arts Center presents a musical examination of the famous femme fatale, whose espionage exploits took her back and forth across WWI Europe. Part of the annual Prototype Festival. More…

Languishing in a Paris prison during the final months of her life, Mata Hari relives her tempestuous relationships with the men who loved, loathed, and ultimately destroyed her. The piece pushes the boundaries of the operatic form with its electro-acoustic instrumentation, mixed vocal styles, manipulated video design, and melding of historical materials. 

Member Reviews (1)


Slow, Confusing, Ambitious, Great singing, Enchanting

Enchanting, Confusing, Great singing, Ambitious, Slow

See it if you want to see something new/fresh, in between classical musical theater and opera; to hear accordion; or to know more about Mata Hari.

Don't see it if You don't care for choral/operatic singing or high-register trills is low; biographical pieces; or contemporary orchestration.

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January 6th, 2017
"Their tone is bracingly unsentimental, as is clear from the first swear words uttered by the chain-smoking nun...Mr. Peers’s smart libretto adopts a process that peels away his title character’s contradictions, unreliable memories, half-lies and compromising admissions in a way that subtly notch...
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January 6th, 2017
"It’s a complicated story, and first-time librettist Peers, who also directed, tried to jam too much information into 90 minutes. It was hard to follow if you didn’t know the story...Some of the scenes were overly long, and tension was most often expressed with extreme volume, which was oppressiv...
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January 10th, 2017
"While ‘Mata Hari's’ story and Marks' music are individually thrilling, their merger onstage often comes across as a confusing jumble…Peers stages the show with great efficiency and thrift…Despite all this wizardry, we still walk away feeling a bit bored. We're confused by the story, but not in a...
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January 12th, 2017
"A compelling, though somewhat messy, work…Marks' smart score covers a variety of styles, with engaging forays into rock and standard opera, thoughtfully allowing a difference in the way the characters are treated. I'm sure that Marks and Peers had their reasons for leaving the title character wi...
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