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Kurt Cobain’s last few days are being turned into an opera

The London Opera House are producing an opera based on the final days of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

The tragic lead-up to Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994 will soon take the form of an opera, in connection to the 2005 film Last Days which was based on the final days of the Nirvana singer.

The production will be performed under the same name as the film, which chronicled a young musician named Blake, who was inspired by Cobain.

Kurt Cobain performing
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The opera’s synopsis says that the production “plunges into the torment that created a modern myth,” as lead character “Blake” “is haunted by objects, visitors and memories distracting him from his true purpose – self-destruction”.

Directed by Copson and Anna Morrissey, the opera is due to begin performances this October at the Linbury Theatre according to The Guardian.

The productions composer, Oliver Leith said that he is a “massive” fan of Nirvana, and the band’s music soundtracked his teens. “It’s some of the first music I learned to play on the guitar,” he revealed.

“I owe a lot of how I now make music to the sound of grunge from that time – I had never really thought about where my experimental mess and repetitions had come from,” Leith continued.

The operatic dramatisation has emerged at a fitting time, with Nirvana charting through the roof thanks to the inclusion of Something In the Way in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.