FAMA, an Introduction
Fama is the name given to the goddess Rumor by Ovid in his Metamorphoses. The House of Rumor described by Ovid provides an astonishing structure, or method, for listening – for watching – that inspired FAMA (2005), the new "theater for listening" by Beat Furrer. In this piece, Ovid's text does not appear as such: the house of Fama and the acoustic situation make a space inside which one of the three major texts of Venetian culture at the end of the 19th century, Fraulein Else by Arthur Schnitzler, is projected. The vocal processing and drama by Furrer intensifies the piece's inherently musical stylistic and formal characteristics.