2018 has been a year of poetry, art song and…the movies!
The Femme Lunatique project, One Art, has had a bumper year, with debuts in Chicago and Tenby, Wales, as well as showcase performances in Margate (POW! Festival), Broadstairs (BroadstairsLit Fest) and Faversham. The companion CD was named a winner in the Hawai’i Public Radio International Art Song Contest, with the winners’ concert broadcast in April . A song recital version of the One Art monodrama will be presented in April 2019 on the Music at York Street concert series.
After more than 10 years, I viewed the film RocketMen, a documentary about NASA in which I provided the vocals in the music soundtrack. Appropriately, it was during a family holiday to Orlando, Florida, where we visited the Kennedy Space Center! Netflix (US version) carried the film at the time, so I finally know how the musical tracks fit the plot. The film was originally released only in Japan, was shown later on PBS in the USA, and has yet to be shown in the UK. Here is a little video I put together with images that reflect the mood of the film (password: rocketmen.) I always wanted to be an astronaut, after all…
Another blast from the past was a 16 minute highlight reel from last year’s performances of Zaïde/Adama at Theater Freiburg, uploaded onto Vimeo by composer Chaya Czernowin.
Other 2018 events included a Brahms Requiem for Faversham Music Festival, and singing art songs by Dominick Argento for a magical ‘goddess unwrapping ceremony.’
Argento’s music will be making further appearances in 2019 and 2020, with planned performances of his chamber opera Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night. More details soon!
Another new role for me is Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer. I’m very exciting about my first foray into Wagner-land, and will feature a duet from this opera in an upcoming gala performance. Some upcoming local appearances and workshops in 2019 include:
12 January 2-3 p.m. Sing for your Sanity workshop Horsebridge, Whitstable
9 February 2-3 p.m. Sing for your Sanity workshop Horsebridge, Whitstable
16 February (time TBC) Opera Gala Faversham (venue TBC)
9 March 2-3 p.m. Sing for your Sanity workshop Horsebridge, Whitstable
27 April 7:30 p.m. One Art MAYS York Street Methodist Church, Broadstairs
(As always, up-to-date listings and more details can be found at http://www.lauremeloy.co.uk)
Happy New Year!