Why are so many operatic roles for women tragic? Why are so female operatic characters victims of the actions of the men around them? These are a few of the questions that Basque soprano, actress and author Miren de Miguel asks in this one woman show as we re-examine the roles of women in opera from a feminist viewpoint.
This is a multi-media show using video, poetry, music and almost avant-garde theatre. From where I was sitting though the video behind Miren de Miguel was often too light to be seen easily, so some of that imagery got lost on me.
The oratory is all in Spanish with English translations on screen and it is surprisingly effective. The set is at times almost surreal and that is fitting as we open with “Conflict” and the overture from Macbeth.
There are some of my favourite operatic arias here including “Habanera” from Carmen and my favourite of the show “Addio del Passato” from Traviata.
This is not a sit back and listen to the music or watch the visuals show. There are some real questions being asked here as Miren de Miguel examines not only the roles and experiences of some of Opera’s greatest female characters, but also her own personal experiences.
This is a very brave show for any artist to perform as not many would want to expose their feelings so obviously to an audience.
This is quite a hard show to review as the experience is watching this one and not reading about it. Will it be to everyone’s liking…probably not, but it is one of my favourites of this years Fringe.
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