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Internet Chat Rooms Take Center Stage in ‘Two Boys’ Opera

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Midway through the first act of the Metropolitan Opera’s Two Boys, there’s a scene in which detective Anne Strawson laments the “ghosts in the machine,” the inhabitants of the chat room world she’s been tasked to investigate

It’s a despairing moment — a woman who admittedly has no computer and no Internet knowledge seeks to understand a world so brazenly opposite her own. In the following scene, teenaged Brian, the boy she’s investigating in a bizarre attempted murder case, explains that this world is “a real place,” one he says is “better because it’s real.”

Two Boys is no technophobic dirge, nor does it represent a cyber dystopia, but rather it explores loneliness and delves into the repercussions spawned from the actions of being lonely in our tech-centric society. Read more…

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