OPERA SEARCH

Composer List


Title


Genre List


Opera Length



Advanced Search

*Deutsch

Photo: Ponch Hawkes
Performed by Chamber Made Music, November, 1998. Musical Director: Jane Hammond

Kats-Chernin, Elena

Matricide, the musical (1998)

Duration: 75 minutes
Opera in one act

Libretto by Kathleen Mary Fallon (E)

Scoring
6S 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.
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.



World Premiere
11/27/1998
The Unallocated Space, Melbourne, VIC
Angela Chaplin, director
Conductor: Jane Hammond
Company: Chamber Made Music

Roles

CHORAsoprano
IMPASSIONATAsoprano
chorus of mothers and daughters4 sopranos


Time and Place
1950s, a prison in New Zealand


Synopsis

Matricide: the musical 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.

 


Moods
Dramatic


Subjects
Contemporary, History, Relationships, Society





Mailing List

Sign up for news updates and offers via email

SIGN UP
Audio Visual Gallery
Get Adobe Flash player
ONLINE SCORES

Explore our library of over 1000 online scores

VIEW SCORES
FAQ | Contact Us | Links | About Us | Shop Directory | Careers | Terms of use | RSS Index