“What’s Left of Me Is Here,” from Joan La Barbara’s opera-in-progress “Dreams of Water Beyond One’s Depth”, juxtaposes two creative beings toward the end of their lives—Joseph C, a reclusive visual artist in the social unrest of 1964 America and Virginia W, a controversial writer in 1939 WWII England. As the world around them spasms with violence and destruction, they wrestle with the damaged fragments of their own turbulent interior lives. Joseph C dreams of a murdered young woman whom he had hoped to bring into his solitary existence, and Virginia W is haunted by a girlhood and innocence stolen by a step-brother. As they each search for what was taken from them, they arrive at a moment of mutual recognition: that what remains is as vital as what is lost. Incorporating lyrical classical singing with La Barbara’s signature extended vocal techniques and ‘sonic atmosphere’ layering recorded voices, natural sounds, instruments and electronics, this new section hurtles toward a dramatic climax in which the protagonists encounter visions of their nightmares in each other.
Performers include: Lauren Flanigan – soprano; Mario Diaz-Moresco – baritone; Julia Meadows – soprano; Joan La Barbara – composer, voice; Bryan Hayslett – cello; Miguel Frasconi – flute, piano, glass, keyboard, laptop, sampler; with libretto by Monique Truong.
This performance is presented on March 14, 2019 in collaboration with Interpretations, at Roulette Intermedium, Brooklyn.