Dr Ox's Experiment
Dr. Ox's Experiment by Gavin Bryers with libretto by Blake Morrison after the novella by Jules Verne. First performed 15th of June 1998 at English National Opera.
In the experiment of the title, Doctor Ox introduces a gas into a sedate Flemish village with the result that everything becomes speeded up and chaotic. The opera explores the conflict between Ox's advocacy of modernity and scientific and political change and Ygène's belief that liberation and the accompanying loss of the traditional rhythms of life might bring unhappiness.