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dressing room

Sheet Music: Score

The dressing room : music theatre for solo mezzo-soprano and gramophone / Caroline Wilkins.

by Caroline Wilkins (2014)


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The scenario takes place in a backstage dressing room of an opera house, where a singer prepares for her role and reflects on her curious existence in this fictional world, the historical recreation of which is highlighted by the presence of a gramophone. She enters into dialogue with her counterpart on shellac disc, exploring her memory as she re-embodies dramatic moments from operatic roles, and interacting with this early recording / sound reproducing machine.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (17p. -- A4 (landscape))

Difficulty: Advanced — demands singing and acting abilities

Duration: 15 mins, 30 sec.

Contents note:

The Gramophone Aria -- The Introductory Aria -- The Mirror Aria -- The Telephone Aria -- the Recording Aria -- The Dressing Aria.

First performance by Caroline Wilkins — 17 Nov 14. Cockpit Theatre, London

Includes performance directions.

'The Dressing Room’ is a 1-act opera adapted from an earlier work of mine, ‘Arias for Phonograph and Singers’, which was produced by Chamber Made Opera, Melbourne in 1993. This is the first performance of the new version, which by no means replaces the former, both works being fully scored. Nor is it my intention to remain the sole performer of a work which now exists independently and is thus open to other interpretations.

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

ISMN: 979-0-720150-84-0

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