A NEW HISTORICAL FICTION OPERA FOCUSED ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS.
This opera pushes the envelope by exploring the human rights and policies of the past while connecting their effect to the present day. The themes we explore include mental/physical abuse, women's rights, reproductive rights, and miscarriage. The opera is based on historical realities brought to life in an art form to further express the injustices of the past and provide a space for open conversation.
The opera is a way of presenting tough and complex social issues that women have faced for centuries through the lens of 21st century artists and creatives. The technological elements intertwined with the music composition, set design, and other audio/visual elements represent these social issues with a modern point of view. Thus bridging history, law, culture, art, and technology in a media format that young and old viewers can relate to and learn from.
Based in London, England in the 1800s, this opera follows the unlikely friendship between two women; Caroline Norton, a highly acclaimed women's rights activist, and Arabella Decker, a working class, soon to be mother.
This show’s narrative is important because these topics are often silenced. As was the case of Caroline Norton’s Custody of Infants Act brought to the House of Lords; originally rejected solely on the fact she was a woman. Each day women’s place in society is defined by the patriarchy. The exploration of this show is to help further the necessary conversations. We want our audience to walk away feeling empowered. We want the female-identifying audience members to either begin or continue to find relationships with others that fortify the strengths they already have.
Opera traditionally lacks gender equality in its characters, storyline, and production cast/crew. However, our opera will break those barriers by producing a female-centric show and provide women a platform to speak their opinions and showcase their talent.