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

Recitative from Mary’s new Marie Antoinette-inspired opera, The Memoirs of Antonina. “Plotting” is meant to be followed in performance by the duet “Montmédy”, which can be obtained HERE.

VOCAL RANGE: D4-F5 [Marie Antoinette (Lyric Soprano or Lyric Mezzo Sorprano)], E3-G4 [Louis XVI (Tenor)]

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.

Shortly after the aria “See How They Mock Me”, Marie tells the audience that she has made plans to escape with her family in secret, and rushes off to inform her husband, King Louis XVI, of the arrangements being made. In “Plotting”, Marie shares her secret plans with a very nervous and reluctant Louis, who is in no apparent rush to abandon the Tuileries. This recitative is immediately followed by the aria, “Montmédy”.

(Illustrated logo by Chess Albaneze)


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