Essential Opera is TEN YEARS OLD. Yes, you read that correctly. Erin Bardua and I have been producing opera for a decade. To celebrate, this weekend we are putting the finishing touches on our latest production, a mini-opera by Anna Pidgorna based on the story of Snow White. And we’d love for you to be online with us.
YouTube Video Première
Wednesday, October 28, 8pm Atlantic Time
Mirror, Mirror is a mini-opera based on the familiar tale of Snow White. In this version by composer-librettist Anna Pidgorna, we get to watch Snow White change into a lovely and confident young woman who inspires her own mother’s envy. We also get to witness the extreme and conflicting emotions that transform Snow White’s Mother into the Evil Queen. In this operatic interpretation, Snow White develops awareness of the power of her beauty just in time for the Queen to enact her revenge.
We are thrilled to present this amazing work as a short film. We used our mobile phones to capture all the footage, including of course the selfie videos both Snow White and the Queen take when they talk to the “mirror”. The excellent folks at Leaf Music recorded the audio, and filmmaker Tom Belding edited the piece together.
You can head here to set a reminder Mirror, Mirror on YouTube.
You can also head to the Facebook event to RSVP there: Mirror, Mirror Facebook event.
Producer: Essential Opera
Music and libretto: Anna Pidgorna
Evil Queen/Mother: Erin Bardua, soprano
Snow White: Maureen Batt, soprano
Voices in electronics: Erin Bardua, soprano
Camera operators: Erin Bardua, Maureen Batt, Richard Belding, Elizabeth Jewett, Vicki St. Pierre
Audio recording: Leaf Music
Film editor: Tom Belding
Poster design: Tom Belding
Original visual score artwork: Anna Pidgorna
Wardrobe and make-up: Erin Bardua, Maureen Batt