Women Opera Composers Shine in Fresh Squeezed Opera Company’s Concert
On March 3, 2017, the Fresh Squeezed Opera Company presented a Concert of Nano Operas by Women Composers at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in Manhattan. The performance opened with the American Premiere of Nicole Murphy’s The Kamikaze Mind. Featuring a libretto by Richard James Allen, which he adapted from his book, this micro-opera utilized three singers and a piano quintet to explore the journey of a man’s consciousness floating through space and questioning the relationships he had when living.
Murphy, an Australian composer and PhD student at the University of Queensland, implemented spoken voice, humming, and wordless singing throughout to establish atmosphere. The text of The Kamikaze Mind stuck out as more cerebral than emotion-driven. The plot of the piece moved non-linearly, operating more like stream of consciousness prose than traditional dramatic writing. Sometimes the arrangement style was a