Title

OPERAbbit

Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Departments/Programs

Music

First Advisor

Shafer Mahoney

Second Advisor

Susan Gonzalez

Academic Program Adviser

L Poundie Burstein

Abstract

OPERAbbit takes place in an unknown country with unnamed characters who are struggling for basic necessities amongst a political, social, and economic crisis. Questions of loyalty, trust, and nationalism are brought to the foreground as our Protagonist receives an unconventional government hand-out: a bunny. This fictional story— written by the composer and her brother— is met with humor and the liveliness of Latin American culture. The underlying truth, however, is more tragic. Many countries in Latin America have faced deep political, economic, or societal problems throughout their histories. None, however, have faced them all simultaneously as the country of Venezuela is facing right now. Inspired by actual events in Venezuela, this chamber opera questions the current social climate of today’s bizarre political reality.

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