An electroacoustic opera inspired by the fable of Bluebeard’s Castle
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Micaela Tobin as Judith & Sara Sinclair Gomez as The Stage Wife
Director/scenographer Shannon Knox and soprano/sound artist Micaela Tobin present Unseal Unseam—a multimedia performance that reclaims and reshapes female narratives found in opera through experimental electronic music.
Judith struggles to escape her physically abusive relationship. Trapped within her own psychological purgatory, she confronts her trauma upon a series of abstracted objects. The Stage Wife watches on, knitting a web of her memories.
Through a combination of operatic singing, extended vocal technique, and experimental electronic music, composers Sharon Chohi Kim and Micaela Tobin re-frame the compositional motives of Bela Bartok’s opera, Bluebeard’s Castle. Combining the female tragedies of Shakespeare’s Othello, Hamlet, Heinrich Von Kleist’s Penthesilea, and Schoenberg’s monodrama, Erwartung, Unseal Unseam unveils the hidden cycle of abuse.
Director Shannon Knox and soprano Micaela Tobin fuse these pieces to empower the victim’s perspective within an abusive relationship—an epidemic of domestic violence that one in three women experience in their lifetime. Far too often within the culture of traditional opera, the female narrative, composed and directed by men, exists only as a catalyst for the trajectory of the male character. With a violent and raw poignancy, Unseal Unseam unabashedly confronts this masked reality, reclaiming the objectified female body.