The Boy Who Lived Down the Lane
Soh, Diana Li Ling
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Opera seems to be the only consciously invented musical genre that is characterized by a high degree of self-referencing and historical consciousness. In writing this dissertation, I am seeking to problematize the creation of opera/musical theatre and question narrativity and drama in this genre; the idea of collaborative roles of the creators that are embedded in this genre; and finally to make a statement that the spectacle we often associate with the genre can and should be refuted or economize on the basis of the changing eco-political context of the 21 st century. It is an attempt to rethink the status of the opera and multiple levels of narrativity and its concurrent and/or dissimilar structures. The ensemble consists of a mezzo, a baritone and 7 instrumentalists that function also as an impromptu choir and mis-en-scene. The text is a cut and paste fantasy journey of nursery rhymes that explores the issue of madness and alternates between moments of expressivity and indifference, narrative and abstraction.