Gonzales Opera To Premier in Philadelphia Festival
By Andrew Ramonas | September 2, 2009 6:48 pm

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales did not sing a single note during congressional testimony about the 2006 U.S. Attorney purge, but his remarks were music to the ears of one composer.

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports that Melissa Dunphy wrote an opera, The Gonzales Cantata, using transcripts from the April 19, 2007 hearings with Gonzales. During testimony that day, the former Attorney General said more than 70 times that he wasn’t able to recall events surrounding the controversial firings of nine U.S. Attorneys.

Dunphy told the blog:

In 2007, I heard the audio of the hearings and just thought they were electrifying. The part that initially grabbed me was when I heard Arlen Specter basically yells at Gonzales, asking him ‘Did you prepare for these press conferences?’ I heard that on the radio and thought it was so dramatic and unlike anything I’d ever heard. I came here in 2003, and until the Gonzales hearings, I really hadn’t heard a Republican attack another Republican. This was the first time I’d heard that, and my first instinct was to dramatize it.

The hour-long choral show is part of Philadelphia Fringe Festival this weekend.


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