As Opera Philadelphia plans to reemerge with live, indoor performances in January, the digital season takes a broom to our collective psyche with something adventurous: high-energy K-pop.
TakTakShoo, a title meant to replicate the sound of sweeping, premieres 8 p.m. Friday with content that might be new to seasoned opera-goers but is also polished, assured, and uniquely Philadelphian.
Composer Rene Orth, librettist Kanika Ambrose, choreographer/video director Jeffrey L. Page, and mezzo-soprano Kristen Choi have assembled an audio/visual confection with buses on Market Street running backward and hooded, hip, wary-looking pilgrims entering Christ Church Neighborhood House in Old City, seemingly seeking renewal and redemption. Inside, a broom-wielding shaman sung by Choi helps relieve them of their emotional baggage, singing about having a (broom) brush with heaven.
With its origins in…