Female Epiphanies in 20th- and 21st-Century Monodrama

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 10:15

Newly published in the journal Music + Practice, Dr Placanica's article 'Female Epiphanies in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Monodrama: Experimental Study and Artistic Production' investigates the long and complex processes involved in the gestation of Recital I (for Cathy), conceived by Luciano Berio for Cathy Berberian in 1972. One of many twentieth-century musical stage works for female voice, the work is scored for mezzo-soprano, two pianos, harpsichord and chamber orchestra: a total of 17 instruments. It was premiered by Berberian with the London Sinfonietta, conducted by Berio, in a 1972 concert for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.