Tuesday, August 02, 2005

DIAN FOSSEY - Gorilla guardian inspires opera

News from the Courier Journal about a new musical adaptation of Dian Fossey's life and career, created by teenage students.
Twenty years ago, Dian Fossey -- the primate researcher and former Louisville resident best known for writing "Gorillas in the Mist" -- was slain in a small cabin in Rwanda's Virunga Mountains.

Her story was told in a 1988 movie starring Sigourney Weaver. Now she's the stuff of opera.

Fourteen teenage students created a 45-minute musical piece based on Fossey's life and career in Kentucky Opera's third annual VISIONS! Program, which concluded Friday. They had all of two weeks to produce a work worthy of a public performance next spring.