Aria: If I Could Live My Life Again (from the opera “The Memoirs of Antonina”)

Aria from Mary’s new Marie Antoinette-inspired opera, The Memoirs of Antonina. “If I Could Live My Life Again” is meant to be preceded in performance by the recitative “Widow Capet”, which can be obtained HERE.

VOCAL RANGE: B3-G#5 [Marie Antoinette (Lyric Soprano or Lyric Mezzo Sorprano)]

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.

Immediately following the recitative “Widow Capet”, and mere hours before her impending execution, Marie Antoinette begins to sing the final aria in the opera, “If I Could Live My Life Again”. (The title of this piece is inspired by a phrase the historical Marie Antoinette would often mournfully utter to herself, but never complete: “If I began *my* life again…”) This tender ode allows the former queen to envision an alternate and harmonious existence for herself, her family, and the people of France; as well as reminisce fondly about her childhood in Vienna. In the middle of the final verse, she is suddenly interrupted by three loud knocks upon her prison cell door — an indication of the arrival of the guards tasked with bringing her to the guillotine.

(Illustrated logo by Chess Albaneze)


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