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An Opera in Two Acts ~ 2 hours

CAST:

ALICE

soprano

SISTER, DUCHESS, QUEEN OF HEARTS

1-3 mezzo sopranos

CATERPILLAR & KING

1-2 bass baritones

CHESHIRE CAT

mezzo soprano

WHITE RABBIT

tenor

MAD HATTER

tenor

MARCH HARE

baritone or countertenor

CARDS / JURY

SATB choir or SAB choir (min. 4 on a part)

INSTRUMENTATION:

piano/vocal

chamber orchestra

(1,1,1,1; 1,0,0,0; pno; timp; strings)

full orchestra

(2,1,1,1; 3,2,2,0; harp; timp; strings)

photography by Robert Breault

Audio selections from live performances at University of Utah, Mo. Robert Baldwin, conducting (*Queen's Aria, Mo. Oswaldo Machado, conducting)

"Curious, I Observe" (Alice)

Meg Steele and Utah Symphony

00:00 / 01:03

"Who Are You?" (Alice and Caterpillar)

Meg Steele, John Knight Allen, and Utah Symphony

00:00 / 00:49

Duchess Scene (Alice and Duchess)

Meg Steele, Sage Madsen, and Utah Symphony

00:00 / 00:29

Duchess Lullaby (Duchess)

Sage Madsen and Utah Symphony

00:00 / 00:41

"Nonsense Trio" (Alice, Mad Hatter, March Hare)

Meg Steele, Alex Harrelson, Matthew Tang, and Utah Symphony

00:00 / 00:46

"Lost and Alone" (Alice)

Meg Steele and Utah Symphony

00:00 / 01:00

"You're Not Ready" (Cheshire Cat and Alice)

Mara Davis, Meg Steele, and Utah Symphony

00:00 / 01:13

"Queen's Processional" (Ensemble)

Opera at the U and Utah Symphony

00:00 / 01:30

"Queen's Aria" (Queen)

Karley Swallow and Utah Symphony

00:00 / 01:31

"King's Aria" (King)

Porter Hiatt and Utah Symphony

00:00 / 01:19

The Trial (Mad Hatter)

Sam Plumb and Utah Symphony

00:00 / 00:34

AWARDS:

2024 AMERICAN PRIZE (3rd place)

2024 DEE ENDOWMENT GRANT

2022 & 2024 NC ARTS COUNCIL Artist Development Grant

 

PRESENTED AT:

 

2023 WTF CONFERENCE in Raleigh, NC

2024 NATIONAL OPERA ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE in Tempe, AZ

2024 SETC CONVENTION in Mobile, AL

There have been countless adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but none quite like this new opera. This semi-autobiographical opera metaphorically reflects the experiences of the composer as a late-diagnosed autistic woman.

 

Alice, connecting deeply to nature, struggles to find her place in this world. Following the song of the trees, she falls into Wonderland, set as a Jungian dive deep into her psyche. Wonderland is filled with awe, mystery, cruelty, friendship, and just enough questions that force Alice to continue to discover exactly who she is as she discovers that it is in finding this out that she will set herself and all of Wonderland free.

Performances / Staged Workshops

FULL ORCHESTRA UNIVERSITY PREMIERE

April 12 & 13, 2024 - Opera at the U!

Director: Robert Breault

Conductors: Robert Baldwin and Oswaldo Machado

Choreographer: Melissa Bobick

Costume Designer: Robin Farnsley-Becker

SCENES PROGRAM

April 21, 2023 - Duke University Opera

Piano/Vocal Version (A Mad Tea Party)

Director: David Heid

Pianist: Daniel Seyfried

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA WORKSHOP PREMIERE

July 25 & 28, 2023 - Red River Lyric Opera Festival

Producer: Darla Diltz and RRLO

Director: Grace Edgar

Conductor: Kristin Roach

Choreographer: ChristinaNoel Reaves

STAGED P/V WORKSHOP

January 21 & 22, 2022 - Music Off Main

Producer: Music Off Main

Director: Jennifer Blades

Pianist: Stephanie Otto-Ørvik

SCENES PROGRAM

May 16, 2024 - Lawrence University

Director: Copeland Woodruff

Music Director: Kristin Roach

Conductor: Ben Keating

Get in Touch

amyscurria.composer(at)gmail.com

or text

(919) 551-2768

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