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New Song: Dark Night Of The Soul

Audio-128Hi Folks.  So we finished a new audio demo yesterday of a song from Act I of The Mapmaker’s Opera entitled, ‘Dark Night of The Soul‘.

We were privileged to have Michael Lampard sing the role of Edward Nelson for us again, and we introduce to you on this track, the young Australian music theatre tenor, Luigi Lucente, in the role of Roberto Duarte.

The song is male duet for the characters of Nelson and Duarte.  It is now “..next week” as Very Useful has uttered in the closing dialogue of the song previous to this (‘Under Her Spell’) and we are relocated to the Duarte hacienda.  It is early evening.  Nelson and Roberto are in Roberto’s study.  Nelson expresses his growing tiredness and struggle to find the strength to complete his task of mapping the bird population native to the Yucatán peninsula.  The world, as he recognises, is changing and his ability to adapt to it becoming ever more difficult to reconcile.  He is also starting to question whether any of his previous accomplishments have really amounted to anything of lasting value (“I remember the first time I approached the coast of Alaska…”).  Roberto gently remonstrates with Nelson, suggesting he need only a short respite from his workload to reinvigorate himself. Continue Reading →

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More Audio Updates and Facebook/Twitter Integration

So, our indefatigable web guru, Chris Stevens, has been hard at work reverting all the posted audio demos to YouTube for your listening pleasure, including the opportunity to listen to all the demos (in show order!) as a set, i.e., without having to manually start each successive track.  This enlightened idea came from our Assoc. Dramaturg, Diana Lipkus, who being the avid Internet trawler that she is, pointed out to me how frustrating it was to lose the audio playback of the songs from the show when she went surfing off somewhere else across cyberspace.  Noted, and duly implemented Diana!

Oh, yes and Facebook and Twitter pages are now active. This has been a long-time in preparation and we’re very proud of what we are going to be posting on these social media platforms. Lot’s more information, and not just a repeat of what is on this site (I always hate that!).

And yes, and not to forget, the new, forthcoming song (actually it’s more like a complete scene given that it runs about 10 minutes). It is an ‘almost’ soliloquy for the character of Nelson entitled, ‘Madness Rules’ (Parts I & II) and is confirmed to be recorded on May 24 here in Melbourne. The baritone for this new piece is a young, up-and-coming star of the opera world: Michael Lampard. Check out Michael’s website here.

Victor and I are also working on a new duet for Sofia and Diego in Act II; are waiting for a vocal to be finished in Hamburg for a duet for the characters of Nelson and Roberto in Act I, and finally, I’m working on a new tune for the less than savoury character of Don Victor Blanco. Busy, busy!

But first, a quick trip to London for….no, sorry can’t talk about that.
Stay tuned,

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