The Moderate Soprano

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The Moderate Soprano

Author : David Hare
ISBN : 9780571325283
Genre : Drama
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'I want to give my country a model of perfection... Nothing less. My country needs cheering up. I'm the man to do it.' Nobody can doubt John Christie's passion nor his formidable will: his wooing of his opera singer wife has been marked by a determination befitting a man who won the Military Cross at the Battle of Loos. Now, in 1934, this Etonian science teacher's admiration for the works of Wagner has led him to embark on an ambitious project: the construction of an Opera House on his estate in Sussex. But such is the scale of the enterprise that passion alone may not be enough. It's only when a famous violinist is delayed by fog overnight in Eastbourne that Christie hears word of a group of refugees for whom life in Germany is becoming impossible. Perhaps they can deliver Christie's vision of the sublime - assuming they're willing to cast his wife in the lead. David Hare's new play is the story of an intense love affair between some unlikely bedfellows, and of the unrelenting search for artistic excellence in the face of searing scrutiny, sacrifice and war. The Moderate Soprano premieres at Hampstead Theatre, London, in October 2015.
Category: Drama

The Musical Times

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ISBN : UOM:39015023769063
Genre : Music
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Gethsemane

Author : David Hare
ISBN : 9780571301379
Genre : Drama
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Nothing is more important to a modern political party than fund-raising. But the values of the donors can't always coincide with the professed beliefs of the party. And family scandal within the cabinet has the potential to throw both the money-raisers and the money-spenders into chaos. This richly imagined ensemble play about British public life looks at the way business, media and politics are now intertwined to nobody's advantage, as, in an unforgiving world, one character after another passes through Gethsemane. Gethsemane, David Hare's fourteenth original play for the National Theatre, London, premiered in November 2008.
Category: Drama

Racing Demon

Author : David Hare
ISBN : 9780571301072
Genre : Performing Arts
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How do you fight without hate? Racing Demon reveals the struggle of four clergymen to make sense of their mission. David Hare's play opened at the National Theatre, London, in 1990 to universal acclaim, and won four awards as Play of the Year. Racing Demon was the first part of David Hare's trilogy of plays about British institutions; Murmuring Judges and The Absence of War completed the trilogy.
Category: Performing Arts

Skylight

Author : David Hare
ISBN : 9780571301126
Genre : Drama
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Skylight premiered at the National Theatre in 1995 and then went on to become one of the most internationally successful plays of recent years. This is the definitive edition of Skylight.
Category: Drama

Clavier

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ISBN : UOM:39015008951207
Genre : Music
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Stuff Happens

Author : David Hare
ISBN : 9780571301317
Genre : Drama
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Stuff happens... And it's untidy, and freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.' The famous response of Donald Rumsfeld, American Secretary of Defense, to the looting of Baghdad, at a press conference on 11 April 2003, provides the title for a new play, specially written for the Olivier Theatre, about the extraordinary process leading up to the invasion of Iraq. How does the world settle its differences, now there is only one superpower? What happens to leaders risking their credibility with sceptical publics? From events which have dominated international headlines for the last two years David Hare has fashioned both a historical narrative and a human drama about the frustrations of power and the limits of diplomacy. Stuff Happens premiered at the National Theatre, London, in 2004 season and has subsequently been performed around the world. In April 2006, it was given its New York premiere at the Public Theater in this new, slightly updated text.
Category: Drama

Berlin Wall

Author : David Hare
ISBN : 9780571258468
Genre : Drama
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Berlin/Wall In two contrasted readings for the stage, David Hare visits a place where a famous wall has come down; then another where a wall is going up. Berlin For his whole adult life, David Hare has been visiting the city which so many young people regard as the most exciting in Europe. But there's something in Berlin's elusive character that makes him feel he's always missing the point. Now, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the reunification, he offers a meditation about Germany's restored capital - both what it represents in European history, and the peculiar part it has played in his own life. Wall The Israeli/Palestine security fence will one day stretch 486 miles, from one end of Israel to the other. It will be four times as long as the Berlin wall, and in places twice as high. In this second monologue, the playwright recalls his trips to both Israel and the Palestinian territory and offers a history of the wall's building, an exploration of the philosophy behind it and a personal account of those who live on either side. Berlin premiered at the National Theatre, London, in February 2009 and Wall premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in March 2009. 'Of all British dramatists, Hare is the one who has always seemed to have the sharpest awareness of what is going on around him, which is what makes him such an eagerly sought-after journalist.' Michael Billington
Category: Drama

Amy S View

Author : David Hare
ISBN : 9780571318315
Genre : Drama
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It is 1979. Esme Allen is a well-known West End actress at just the moment when the West End is ceasing to offer actors a regular way of life. The visit of her young daughter, Amy, with a new boyfriend sets in train a series of events which only find their shape eighteen years later. A generational play about the long term struggle between a strong mother and her loving daughter, Amy's View mixes love, death and the theatre in a way which is both heady and original.
Category: Drama

Childhood In Contemporary Performance Of Shakespeare

Author : Gemma Miller
ISBN : 9781350133167
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Child characters feature more numerously and prominently in the Shakespearean canon than in that of any other early modern playwright. Focusing on stage and film productions from the past four decades, this study addresses how Shakespeare's child characters are reflected, refracted and reinterpreted in performance. By adopting an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates close reading, semiotics, childhood studies, queer theory and performance studies, Gemma Miller explores how a close analysis of Shakespeare's child characters, both in the text and in performance, can reveal often uncomfortable truths about contemporary ideas of childhood, as well as offer fresh insights into the plays. Among the works and productions analysed are stage productions of Richard III by Sean Holmes and Thomas Ostermeier; Jamie Lloyd's and Michael Boyd's stage productions of Macbeth and the films of Roman Polanski and Justin Kurzel; Deborah Warner's stage production of Titus Andronicus and filmed adaptations by Jane Howell and Julie Taymor; and stage productions of The Winter's Tale by Nicholas Hytner, and by Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford, and the ballet adaptation by Christopher Wheeldon.
Category: Literary Criticism

Soprano Style And Voice Quality

Author : Laura Anne Bateman
ISBN : UVA:X006176054
Genre : Singing
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There are numerous widely varying vocal styles and voice qualities in Western music. Popular music in the 21st century uses a particular voice quality for female voice that is quite different from the trained classical voice quality. Classical voice quality has been the subject of a vast body of research, whereas research that deals with non-classical voice quality and pedagogy is very limited. In order to learn more about these issues, the author chose to do research using a variety of standard voice quality tests to substantiate the existing literature, and perhaps generate new information. This thesis presents a review of the existing literature on voice quality in various different styles of singing: Classical, Belt, Legit, R & B, Jazz, Country and Pop. In addition, this thesis looks at spectral measurements from a small set of voice samples, elicited from a professional soprano. Laryngographic (LGG) data was generated simultaneously with the audio samples. To limit the data set for the scope of this thesis, singing samples using the vowel [i] are selected_ The analysis techniques used in this thesis are Spectrogram, LPC, FFT, and various LGG ratio measurements. The spectral measurements compared include the relative strength of the first two harmonics, the formant locations, relative energy from harmonic strength near the formants, summed energy in two quadrants (0-3000Hz, 3000-5000Hz), and the inharmonic or aperiodic activity seen in each quality. Data from the LGG is used to calculate the contact quotient (the time the vocal folds are in contact divided by the time for one cycle of the vocal fold vibration), speed quotient (the time between maximum contact of the vocal folds and vocal fold separation divided by the time between first contact and maximum contact) and ascending slope (the slope of the contacting phase of the vocal fold wave). The LGG waveform was also visually assessed. The acoustic and LGG data are compared to an auditory analysis by Dr. John Esling (Professor of Linguistics, UVic) and to the subject's descriptions of the physical configurations involved in producing these qualities. Physiological observations obtained from x-ray fluoroscopy & MRI scans of belt and classical voice qualities are included in Appendix B. The intention of the thesis is to reveal more about the workings of these voice qualities. The thesis also serves as a prototype for a series of 10 vowels and running samples that were elicited at the same time. Perhaps, even though this thesis presents a limited data set, it may be useful to pedagogues who are struggling to understand the complexities of the non-classical female voice, as well as to computer programmers and engineers who are developing voice enhancement devices and biofeedback tools.
Category: Singing

Asking Around

Author : David Hare
ISBN : 9780571318247
Genre : Performing Arts
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David Hare's trilogy of plays - Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges, The Absence of War - first presented at the National Theatre, London, in 1993, examines the crises facing three great British institutions - the Church, the Law and the Labour Party. In order to learn about these organisations, Hare amassed a body of hard research from first-hand interviews with many of the people involved: from vicars to high-ranking policemen, from judges to MPs. Asking Around presents a judicious selection of those interviews and also includes a commentary by Hare, describing how he threaded his way through the complex structures of Church, Law and Politics.
Category: Performing Arts

Acting Up

Author : David Hare
ISBN : 9780571318407
Genre : Performing Arts
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In 1997 the 50-year-old playwright David Hare decided to visit the 50-year-old state of Israel and write a play - Via Dolorosa - about the conflict. He then chose to become the actor of his own play and set about learning to act the monologue for an uninterrupted 95 minutes on stage. Acting Up is a diary of the ups and downs of that learning curve as well as an insight into what it is actors, directors, producers and stage staff actually do in rehearsals. Hare's hilarious diary of his experience on both sides of the Atlantic tells of his difficulties in coming to terms with his terrifying change of career, but also grapples with more serious questions about the nature of acting itself.
Category: Performing Arts

Musical Courier

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ISBN : UOM:39015025409528
Genre : Drama
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Category: Drama

David Hare Plays 1

Author : David Hare
ISBN : 9780571300990
Genre : Drama
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This first volume of David Hare's plays contains his work from the 1970s, including his landmark play of that decade, Plenty, charting the development of 'one of the great post-war British playwrights' (Independent on Sunday). The volume also includes the plays Slag, Teeth 'n' Smiles, Knuckle and Licking Hitler, and is introduced by the author.
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