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

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

VOCAL RANGE: B3-E5 [Marie Antoinette (Lyric Soprano or Lyric Mezzo Sorprano)], D3-D4 [Guard (Baritone)]

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.

The night before her execution, Marie Antoinette lies in bed in her prison cell, silent and unresponsive. A guard first attempts to startle her into speaking, and later chides her for attempting to write a letter of farewell to her two surviving children, before finally leaving her in peace to make his rounds. Now completely alone, and mere hours away from death, Marie Antoinette addresses the ether (rather than the audience, who she can no longer see) to lament her fate. The recitative is immediately followed by the final aria in the opera, “If I Could Live My Life Again”.

(Illustrated logo by Chess Albaneze)


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