Aria: Antonina (from the opera “The Memoirs of Antonina”)

Aria from Mary’s new Marie Antoinette-inspired opera, The Memoirs of Antonina.

VOCAL RANGE: B3-E6 [Antonina (Coloratura Soprano)]

The Memoirs of Antonina is a new/in-progress three-act opera by composer/librettist Mary Bichner, inspired by Marie Antoinette of France. Taking its name from a slanderous 18th-century tract about the queen’s rumored exploits and indiscretions, “The Memoirs of Antonina” focuses on the final years of Marie Antoinette’s life, and pits two versions of the queen (performed by two different singers) against one another: the imagined breezy libertine derided by revolutionary pamphleteers, and the distraught historical figure determined to reclaim her kingdom and her reputation. For more information, please visit the Memoirs of Antonina homepage HERE.

Towards the beginning of Act II, Marie Antoinette is entirely fed up by the rumors being spread about her via pamphlets and the populace, and decides to sing an aria in order to set the record straight. However, before she can begin, the queen is interrupted by Antonina, a fictional personification of every untrue item of gossip ever spread about Marie Antoinette, who follows (and torments) the queen almost constantly. Antonina begins her own aria, proudly rattling off the false stories as if they are factual, much to Marie Anotinette’s dismay.

(Illustrated logo by Chess Albaneze)


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