Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Renaissance Research 'Conservatory Project' Pop Quiz: New Opera As If Music And Culture Mattered - Who Are We?

Who are we? Does new opera matter? How big or small must new opera be?


2 Sop, 2 Bar, 2 actors (man + woman) basset cl - 2 vln.vla.vlc

There are only two characters, but they have three representations.

WOMAN 1 (also Hera) Actress
WOMAN 2 (also Hera) Soprano
WOMAN 3 (also Io) Soprano
MAN 1 (also Inachus and the Gadfly) Baritone
MAN 2 (also Zeus) Actor
MAN 3 (also Hermes) Baritone

Time and Place
The present, the interior and exterior of an early twentieth-century house.


"On the site of the forgotten Mysteries of Lerna, the compulsive relationship between a man and a woman reawakens the buried gods. They have scented a sacrifice. Back in the city, the woman clings to her domestic routine, trying to come to terms with the terrible manifestation she experienced with the man in Greece. But neither the gods, nor the man will leave the woman alone, and the civilised veneer of her existence is continually punctured by the returning power of the Mysteries she and the man have disturbed." ...

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Header photo credit: (c) Ivan Kyncl 2004. Copyright controlled.


Ivan Kyncl, a theatre photographer, was born on April 15, 1953, in Prague, former Czechoslovakia. He died of a heart attack on October 6, 2004, aged 51.

“He funnelled more life and energy through his lens than you dared hope existed on the stage. He could capture an entire show in a single shot.”


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