Matricide
Composer: Elena Kats-Chernin
Librettist: Kathleen Mary Fallon
Other Artistic Personnel: Angela Chaplin (Director)
Jane Hammond (Conductor)
Work Web Site: http://www.boosey.com/pages/opera/moreDetails.asp?musicID=352
Premiere Date: November 27, 1998
Producing Company: Chamber Made Music
Description: This work is based on the famous New Zealand murder case (which recently was made into a film called Heavenly Creatures) in which two teenage girls, who were lovers, murder one of their mothers because of her attempts to keep them apart. The opera/musical is set in the prison after their conviction, and contains a series of flashbacks which explore the difficult dynamics of mother/daughter relationships and satirizes the conservative nature of 1950s society. The opera/musical is written in a outrageously "high camp" style with explicit sexual content and language.
Character List (Major): Chora (s)
Impassionata (s)
Length: 01:15
Total Acts: 1
Chorus: Chorus of mothers and daughters (4 s)
Orchestration: cl(=bcl,asax) - pft(=kbd) - perc:marimba/xyl/glsp/vib/t.bells/chimes/ metal chimes/log dr/SD/BD/kick dr/drumkit/tom-t/gong/knives/tpl.bl/ wdbl/sand bl/cyms/hi hat/shells/maracas/tamb/double bass bow/ratchet/ guiro/stones/bell tree/claves/crot/toy horns and bugle sounds/fife/ pots and pans/thundersheet - db
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Phone: 212-358-5300
Publisher Web Site: http://www.boosey.com
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