Moon, Bride, Dogs: an opera song (2018)
Charlotte Mundy, soprano
Zach Finkelstein, tenor
Michael Brofman, piano
Many thanks to the UCD production staff for their work on lighting.
for soprano, tenor, and pianist
In the problematic fairy tale “Donkey Skin,” a princess is forced to flee after her father takes her as his bride. In this surrealist adaptation, the character Idiot Girl (soprano) escapes the clutches of her own abusive father only to find herself in a desolate world inhabited by a hoard of hungry dogs (spoken by pianist and tenor). While the Moon (tenor) comments dispassionately on the events taking place below, Idiot Girl confronts her memory loss while the dogs, starved of both food and knowledge, race in excitement toward this new source of nourishment. However, the young bride is only able to voice her story once the dogs eat her alive, a violent act rendered gentle and self-sacrificial for Idiot Girl as the very tearing apart of her body is what it takes for her to speak her truth.
Moon, Bride, Dogs: an opera-song contains aspects of both art song and opera. In other words, we have tried to create a work that could be effective as a conventional art song without elaborate staging, or as a kind of mini opera with any amount of costumes, staging, set, or lighting. (C.F. / R.S.)
This piece is the eldest "sister-opera" to Moon, Bride, Dogs & Bones of Girls.