Tragic Ways of Killing a Woman

Artists: Diana Soh, Richard Dubelski

Series: ENOA, Residencies

Ideas explored: developing new work, music and theatre

Singaporean composer Diana Soh and French librettist Richard Dubelski developed their project Façon Tragique de Tuer une Femme (Tragic Ways of Killing a Woman), which uses the heroines of the Greek tragedies as a springboard for articulating the disparity in the treatment of women today versus that of men. The representation of modern day issues through Greek mythology opens the intimate issues of womanhood to a larger timeless universe.

Diana Soh’s highly-detailed score precisely defines a huge amount of small movements and “noise” for the performers to create, creating an unusual and rhythmic backdrop to the singing. During their residency at Snape, the team worked with a dramaturg, Sinead O’Neill, to assess how this would affect the staging of the opera and the freedom of performance.

The singers were Laura Bowler, mezzo-soprano and Jennifer Clark, soprano.

They worked with local people to gather text material for the libretto, and raise awareness on issues that women face today.