The Production of "Psyche"
Support Jeanell Carrigan as she unveils the world premiere of a fully-staged orchestrated version of the opera "Psyche", by Dutch-Australian Meta Overman, as part of a larger research project involving the publication, recording and performance of this excellent and relatively unknown Australian composer.
The Music of Meta Overman is innovative, individual, sometimes humorous, expressing amazing creativity and powered by strong visual imagery.
Overman wrote her three-act opera, “Psyche" between 1951 and 1953 and it was first, and only ever, performed at the Perth Festival in January 1955.
The opera was highly innovative in that it did not follow the usual opera format with major singing roles and a large chorus.
In my ongoing project to record, publish and describe all the compositions of Meta Overman, I decided to realise one of her major ambitions: to see "Psyche" orchestrated and re-staged.
Meta Overman was a highly regarded composer in her lifetime and "Psyche" represents not only the work she considered her masterpiece but a catalyst to all subsequent compositions. Until now "Psyche" has never been revisited and only existed in a facsimile piano score.
The production of "Psyche"
This project involves the orchestration, publication, performance and filming of "Psyche", hopefully creating not only a major event for 2019 but a platform on which future performances can be built.
The work has been orchestrated for a chamber orchestra consisting of a string quintet of single players, flute, oboe, bassoon and piano. There is also a solo flute player who takes on the character role of the Satyr and creates the music behind an actual dancer on stage.
Whilst the main personnel needed for this production can be staff and students from the Conservatorium, we must also engage professional dancers and actors. The role of Psyche, the main character who carries action on stage as well as the Chimera and the Satyr all need to be sourced and paid for at professional dancer's rates. There will also be staging and lighting design costs for which extra staff, and funds, are required.
Your support will help cover the costs of the production, such as:
So please donate today. 100% of all donations go directly to supporting the production of "Psyche", with no administrative fees. All donations $2 and above are tax deductible.