One of the most exciting days we spent in New York about ten days ago, was to go to Dubway recording studios and put down the vocals on a new song from Act II of The Mapmaker’s Opera with the extraordinarily talented Broadway star, Karen Mason. The New Song is entitled, ‘There Was A Time‘.
Here’s a quick biography: Karen most recently garnered rave reviews starring as The Queen of Hearts in WONDERLAND on Broadway. She originated the role of Tanya on Broadway in Abba’s MAMMA MIA!, and was awarded a 2002 Drama Desk nomination as Best Actress. Her other leading roles include Norma Desmond in SUNSET BOULEVARD, which she performed to critical acclaim and standing ovations on Broadway and in Los Angeles for three years, and Velma von Tussel in the final Broadway company of HAIRSPRAY.
This is really an exquisite music and acting performance from one of Broadway’s great interpreters of song. We are just thrilled that Karen could fit us in in her rather hectic schedule.
Just by the way as well: if you’re in New York and you need a record producer – get Paul Rolnick, if you’re able. This is his mix of the track!
In this song, Sofia’s aunt, Marta, sings about a time when she was young and much in love, as Sofia is with Diego. She is chided at the outset of the song by Doña Laura; the family matriarch and Roberto’s mother, who is concerned only with Sofia being ‘married off’ to Carlos Blanco, and thereby ensuring the financial security of the Duarte’s hacienda and land holdings.
Music Note: It is composed in a late 19th-Century quasi-salon music style. Imagine, if you will, during the instrumental section (two-thirds of the way through the song) Aunt Marta dancing with herself in a sudden, vividly recalled memory of her own youth and secret lover (for those paying attention, it is a reprise of Sofia’s song ‘When He Looked At Me’ from Act I).
We hope you enjoy it, and thank you Karen!