Music, Birmingham City University
My research explores an interdisciplinary approach to creating new opera through the study and knowledge of physics and performance. Within this performance practice-based research I am situated as librettist and performer. Starting from the physics, and performance experience, I construct narratives and relationships that embed the physics with typical human behaviours (e.g. love, anger, regret). The production of the libretto acts as the central feature of the research which is informed by experimentation with performance and research into physics and opera.
Physics responds to our desires to create an understanding of the objective truth of our world. The concepts presented by physics can (and often do) parallel aspects of human emotion and psychology. Opera, as an art form with so much descriptive potential, along with the central directed emotion of the human voice, provides us with a perfect backdrop through which to explore the concepts and “truths” uncovered in the study of physics.
Title – ‘Librettizing’ physics: Using operatic narrative and performance to re-present scientific thought in an investigation of new methods towards developing contemporary opera.
This can be broken down further to:
1. How can physics be embedded in operatic characters and form?
2. How can different performance techniques be used and directed through the text, to successfully convey complex concepts?
The aims of my research are below:
2019 - WNO Black Country Engage Outreach Freedom program
2019 - Post Workers Theatre at Tate Liverpool
2020 - WNO Black Country Engage Carmen program
2018 - now - Angry Margaret Protest Choir at Birmingham Art School