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The dressing room : chamber opera in 1 Act

by Caroline Wilkins (2014)

dressing room

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Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano, portable gramophone with external horn.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — demands singing and acting abilities

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

'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.

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Performances of this work

2 Aug 15: Tete a Tete: The Opera Festival 9, RADA studio spaces, Chenies St, King's Cross, London UK. Featuring Caroline Wilkins.

1 Aug 15: Tete a Tete: The Opera Festival 9, RADA studio spaces, Chenies St, King's Cross, London UK. Featuring Caroline Wilkins.

17 Nov 14: Cockpit Theatre, London. Featuring Caroline Wilkins.

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