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Aria: See How They Mock Me (from the opera “The Memoirs of Antonina”)
Aria from Mary’s new Marie Antoinette-inspired opera, The Memoirs of Antonina. “See How They Mock Me” is meant to be preceded in performance by the recitative “A Difficult Moment”, which can be obtained HERE.
VOCAL RANGE: E4-A5 [Marie Antoinette (Lyric Soprano or Lyric Mezzo Sorprano)]
*ABOUT THE OPERA*
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 entitled “A Difficult Moment”, this aria takes place during one of Marie Antoinette’s daily walks on the grounds of the Tuileries. She tries her best to maintain her composure as she is mocked by passers-by, venting her frustrations privately to the audience.
(Illustrated logo by Chess Albaneze)