Between skeletal mounts of a Tyrannosaurus rex and Apatosaurus, On Site Opera (OSO) premiered its new production, a site-specific piece about the dinosaur paintings of early 20th-century paleoart pioneer Charles R. Knight.Told from the perspective of his eight-year-old granddaughter, Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt is a family-oriented opera about art and science, set in the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). A compact orchestra, and cast of three, invite visitors on a brief journey through the dinosaur bones, and how to harness the imagination to understand the past.
“Once we had the partnership of AMNH, we worked closely with them to explore various uses of the dinosaur hall and the most effective way to tell the kind of story we were creating,” Einhorn explained. “A promenading show throughout the hall was the most natural fit for this dinosaur adventure.”
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