Context of Love Lives

Context of Love Lives is a chamber opera explores the personal struggles of Oscar Wilde and Elizabeth Bishop—powerful voices in a society that tortured and berated them for their sexualities. Although Wilde and Bishop lived in two separate eras of history, they faced the same societal pressures to keep their loves silent and invisible. Using projection, digital sound design, and the live voice of an operatic soprano, Context of Love Lives addresses the conflicts of the homosexual in society, and what happens when sexuality is taken out of the larger context of a human being.

Performing forces: soprano, speaker (optional), electronics and piano

Duration: 35 minutes

Pre-recorded sound design cues are available or a new sound design may substituted. Please note, the texts by Elizabeth Bishop in this work require special clearance from her publisher.

Production History:
Voyeur Theater Ensemble, 2005
Alayne Faraone, soprano
Rachel Carter, soprano
Elaine Rinaldi, piano
visuals by vj miixy (aka Melissa Ulto)

Voyeur Theater Ensemble, 2006
Rachel Carter, soprano
Jill Waycie, piano
visuals by vj nokami (aka Eric Filion)

Media

Phrases and Philosophies, from Context of Love Lives, performed by Edward Ficklin

Poem 1, from Context of Love Lives, performed by Rachel Carter-White, soprano, and Jill Waycie, piano

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