Etiquette: A Glimpse of 1920s Icons
Etiquette: A Glimpse of 1920s Icons by composer Monica Pearce presents a unique musical portrayal of three influential women from the 1920s: author Dorothy Parker, socialite Emily Post, and politician Nancy Astor. Taking inspiration from Parker’s witty and biting review of Post’s book “Etiquette”, published in 1927, this opera provides a snapshot of these figures and their era. Commissioned by Essential Opera, this world-premiere recording showcases traditional themes in a new light, in line with the age-old tradition of revisiting the past to illuminate the present.
Maureen Batt, soprano as Dorothy Parker; Erin Bardua, soprano as Emily Post; Lucy Hayes Davis, mezzo-soprano as Nancy Astor; Tara Scott on piano; and Brad Reid on clarinet.