Here comes nobody: a dramaturgical exploration of Luciano Berio's Outis

Osmond-Smith, David (2001) Here comes nobody: a dramaturgical exploration of Luciano Berio's Outis. Cambridge Opera Journal, 12 (2). pp. 163-178.

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This study, intended as a seventy-fifth birthday tribute for Luciano Berio, examines
the dramaturgy of his most radical theatrical work, Outis (1995–6). To a greater extent than any
of his previous operatic works, Outis dispenses with linear narrative. Instead, it constructs an
associative network of images – visual, verbal and musical – upon a cyclic frame. A recurrent
source for these images is the story of Odysseus/Ulysses, the wanderer, and the many different
texts that stem from that tradition. These include Ulysses by James Joyce – whose work has long
been a source of inspiration for Berio. This essay suggests, however, that it is rather the
techniques and aspirations of Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake that provide the most telling analogue for
what Berio here seeks to achieve.

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