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Fancy Me Dead : a chamber opera in one act

by Paul Smith (2015)

Work Overview

This one act chamber opera is a dark comedy for soprano and mezzo. The plot follows the lunch meeting of two doyennes of a struggling upholstery business trying to save their company. An unexpected visitor in the form of a dead body sees their relationship unravel as they hurl insults, accusations and sandwiches at oneanother. The score draws on cabaret and musical theatre idioms within a darkly expressive contemporary sound world.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Soprano, mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, bassoon, viola, cello.

Duration: 43 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned in part by the New Music Network

First performance: by Blush Opera — Hobart Town Hall, Festival of Voices

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Contemporary Opera. Cabaret. Theatre.

Performances of this work

Unknown date: Hobart Town Hall, Festival of Voices. Featuring Blush Opera.

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