Devising an opera: Myisi

Efthymiou, L. (2016) Devising an opera: Myisi. Contemporary Music Review, 35 (6). pp. 599-611. ISSN 0749-4467

Devising an Opera: Myisi

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In this article I examine the ways in which devised theatre practices affected the score, libretto, characterisation, and production of the opera Myisi. I chart the four main devising phases of the opera within the context of established theatre practices, and evaluate the collaborative working model at each stage of development. I place this case study in the context of past collaborative projects: Reminiscence (Jackson’s Lane, 2008), Fragments of Sun (Tête à Tête Opera Festival 2012), and Rituals to Mould Her With (Kings Place, 2017). I conclude that employment of a devising process engendered a fragmented structure, an inverted-round stage set-up, the need for visual digital media, a libretto in which no two characters engage in dialogue, and a score consisting of sung and instrumental music that is directly related to the artists involved in the devising group. In my analysis of the devising processes, I conclude that there are no fixed rules. The approach is and should be adaptable to suit the nature of the project concerned and particular group of people generating the work.

Additional Information:Issue: 'Collaboration' in Contemporary Music
Keywords:Devising, Opera, Collaboration, Composition, Theatre, Music
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W300 Music
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
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Deposited On:06 Dec 2017 14:36

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