Wings: An Opera in Four Acts - ACT ONE LIVE

by Tom Baker

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Wings (2013)
excerpts from an electronic opera

ACT I: Wings

1. Prologue 2. Dream 3. Flying

Wings is an electronic opera in four acts, each reflecting on a different manifestation of the human obsession with flight. Act I is called Wings, and profiles a well-respected plastic surgeon, Dr. Jane Rose, who is secretly convinced that her work should be concerned with much more than nose jobs and breast augmentation. She has radical ideas about extensions of the human body; she feels that only through bodily augmentation can we become whole, or more than whole. In these songs, she presents her ideas, and interviews a prospective patient.

The texts are compiled from the Guide to the Plastic Surgery Exit Exam, an article from Harper’s by Lauren Slater, and the poem Wings, by Susan Stewart.

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released December 10, 2016
Natalie Lerch: Dr. Jane Rose, soprano
Gretchen Conrad: Patient X, soprano
Tom Baker, live-electronics

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