Another good day in MMO world, as we are releasing the second of the rumba gitano songs from the Musical. As aficionados of this site, you will know that there are two major musical influences in The Mapmaker’s Opera: Flamenco -and especially the Siguiriyas – and Mariachi influenced Zapateado.
This second song for Sofia Duarte is derived from page 115 in the Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martins Press Imprint) of the novel – Act II, scene i [In a Mérida square].
In the Musical, this is Act I, scene ii [in Sofia’s bedroom] where, in the presence of her friend Patricia, she is recounting seeing Diego (Edward Nelson’s new assistant) for the first time earlier that day. Patricia soon realises that Sofia; normally adverse to the advances of all would-be suitors, has been ‘smitten’ by the good-looking Spaniard.
On this recording, the role of Patricia is spoken by our dear friend, and wonderful Australian actress and singer, Maureen Andrew – who will later be heard singing the role of Aunt Marta (look out for this!) – and the charming Maddie Featherby reprises her role as Sofia Duarte.
MMO’s orchestrator, Mark Buys, did the score and the audio was mixed by Chris Scallan.
Click on the audio icon to hear the song.
Kevin and Victor