Arias from Friday After Friday (score only)
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- YEAR: 2017-2019
- TEXT: libretto by Rachel J. Peters
- DURATION: 20-25 minutes (entire cycle)
- THEMES: Syrian war, women in war, solidarity among women, community
These five arias are excerpted from an opera-in-development, called, FRIDAY AFTER FRIDAY. This chamber opera amplifies the voices of Syrian women living at the epicenter of the ongoing war sparked by weekly protests occurring throughout Syria in the spring of 2011. In the opera, a series of vignettes illuminates a range of political and personal perspectives charting the role of women within the conflict. These arias give us five true stories as an example of what so many women faced in coping with the violence, poverty, and dislocation as a result of the Syrian war.
“I have no medical training”
“Look at you, Layla”
“Five different men asked for my hand in marriage”
“At 6:30 every morning”
“When the women poured out into the streets”
The development of FRIDAY AFTER FRIDAY received funding from OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.