The wonderful Mark Stone, Wotan in the Grimeborn production of Die Walküre where I sang Brünnhilde, was named the winner of the Best Opera Performance Award at the 2022 Offies. So proud and happy for my opera ‘Dad’! Congratulations!
Episode 1: Casabianca
Elizabeth Bishop introduces herself, telling us about her childhood, education, and early career.
Elizabeth Bishop: Brigitte Baden-Rennie
Narrator: Laure Meloy
Incidental music: Laure Meloy, soprano and Christopher Gould, pianist
Script by Laure Meloy and Brigitte Baden-Rennie
Produced by Femme Lunatique Productions
IWD: #BreakTheBias with storytelling
— Read on www.internationalwomensday.com/Activity/17182/BreakTheBias-with-storytelling
If you have followed the progress of our previous project, One Art, then the next phase, Objects & Apparitions will be familiar territory. If not – fear not – you can still enjoy this interpretation of Elizabeth Bishop’s life story without going back through the previous work.
One Art, the cabaret/opera monodrama, featured one performer portraying Elizabeth Bishop, reading her poetry and correspondence, and singing original settings of her poetry by composer Paula Kimper (you can read about the process of creating this piece here and here, if you are so inclined.)
Objects & Apparitions: the art of being Elizabeth Bishop, takes this concept and divides the role of Bishop among several performers, adding a narrator, sound effects, and incidental music in a recorded, podcast/radio drama format. The introduction of many ‘Elizabeths’ rather than one, highlights the universal nature of Bishop’s poetry and biography, as well as reflecting her own feelings of alienation; our performers have transnational connections and experiences, having moved countries, continents, multiple times and possessing multiple citizenships. Each of us is Elizabeth Bishop, and Elizabeth Bishop is all of us.
The podcast will begin on 25 January 2022, with interviews, episodes, and guest episodes released every fortnight.
Happy to announce that our production of Die Walküre at Grimeborn was nominated for an Offie award for best opera production, as well as best performance for our Wotan, Mark Stone. Congrats to all involved: couldn’t be prouder!
From Aïda to Zaïde isn’t the only writing project I’ve been involved with! My short story, Venezuela, is included in IsleWrite’s latest anthology TwentyThirty: thirty contributors celebrate twenty years of IsleWrite.
My story was inspired by real events, but heavily fictionalised…all resemblance to real people or places purely coincidental!
Read it, and many more exciting, emotional, sexy, and intriguing short stories and poetry, as well as wonderful artwork, illustrations, and photos, in this beautifully presented anthology.
Find out more at https://islewrite.co.uk/anthology/https://islewrite.co.uk/anthology/
If you are a follower of this blog, you might be interested to know that I have taken the most popular entries, added a few (well quite a lot really) more stories and detail, and turned it into a book:
Funny things do happen on the way to the opera house… In ‘Scribblings of a Mad Soprano’ Laure Meloy documented her years as an opera professional. In this book she shares with us the personal stories that audiences rarely get to hear. From A to Z, we find out what happens on the other side of the stage door.
Advance orders are being taken ahead of the official launch date of 16 November 2020. Click HERE
‘Love the whole concept…found it very informative and touching.’
‘You look fabulous in all your different costumes!’
‘It is wonderful!’
‘Wow, what a great story! Your writing just made it come to life… I can feel my heart bouncing!’
‘Well said… Clearly a not-so-mad soprano!’
‘Wow…That view of the Metropolitan Opera looks awesome.’
‘Great article Laure. I didn’t think I liked opera… I was captivated.’
‘Yes! “Opera is not for everyone, but rather it is for ANYONE” Love it.’
‘So enjoyed your energy and wit…’
The high and low notes from around the international opera stage
— Read on operawire.com/opera-quiz-how-well-do-you-know-patience-and-sarah/