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New Song: Two Of A Kind (Reprise)

Audio-128Sometimes magic just happens!

As promised, last evening, we recorded the vocals for the song ‘Two of a Kind (Reprise)’ from The Mapmaker’s Opera.  As with all previous songs for the character of Sofia Duarte so far recorded, we were delighted to have Maddie Featherby return to sing this duet.

Her partner (in the role of Diego Clemente) in this song, from Act II, is one of my most favourite Australian musical theatre talents: Adrian Li Donni.  Adrian makes his debut in 2014 with Opera Australia’s production of The King and I in the role of Lun Tha.  I’ve worked with Adrian before, so it comes as no surprise whatsoever to me that the rest of Australia is starting to wake up to this young man’s music and acting gifts.

In advance of the session, I was wondering what these two supremely gifted artists would sound like together? Continue Reading →

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Part II: The Story of Opera in México (1901 – 1911)

Music_in_Mexico OK, the long awaited sequel to my post on 19th-Century Opera in México!

It would come as no surprise to anyone who has been following this journey of writing The Mapmaker’s Opera Musical, as an adaptation of Béa Gonzalez’s novel, that Opera in México went through some pretty drastic changes in the first decade of the 20th-Century – this coinciding with our own story setting.

After the expulsion of the eighty-one-year-old President Porfirio Díaz in 1911, new opera works created during his régime; including perhaps not unsurprisingly the opera composers who attracted Díaz’s favourable attention, were sentenced to obloquy by the succeeding generation of revolutionary composers –  if only for the crime of having won Díaz’s approval.

But is this a fair indictment of the operas written during this period?  Well, again, it is hard to evaluate when there is no easy access to materials for operas such as Gustavo E. Campa’s 1901 Le Roi Poète – dealing as it does with the life of a 15th-Century poet-King, ‘Nezahualcoyotl’ of Texuco – or for that matter Ricardo Castro’s La Légende de Rudel.  What does make you wonder is why Castro decided a Mexican opera should concern itself with a twelfth century troubadour?  Just to make the point, this is the briefest synopsis of this opera’s unlikely storyline: Continue Reading →

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