The Indian Queen

 

Purcell The Indian Queen opera. The music was composed in 1695. The original libretto was by John Dryden and Sir Robert Howard. The book was completely rewritten by Peter Sellars to create a modern version of the conquest of the New World by the Spanish. Theodor Currentzis, an avant-garde conductor who has worked a lot with the likes of Dmitri Tcherniakov, conducts MusicAeterna, a group that plays on baroque instruments. Released 2016. Grade: NA

Preliminary information needs confirmation. The Indian Queen isn't is my Grove Book of Operas. But there is a wild story about it on Wikipedia---it's the kind of thing that a madmen like Peter Sellers can turn into a hit. So you have early music, a bizarre libretto updated to include current day conflicts that are equally hard to fathom and believe.