Worlds Apart: Two arias from heroes, monsters, humans
soprano with piano and clarinet accompaniment; 2008; ca. 12'
Listen to the work:
I. Laura's Aria
II. Rana's Aria
from heroes, monsters, humans
Download Score (pdf) *
Recordings feature Julia Tobiska (voice, mvmt. I), Signe Mortensen (voice, mvmt. II), Amanda Halstead (piano), and Anthony Suter (clarinet)
* NB: The clarinet obbligato is a freely improvised accompaniment in the final part of the second aria; contact the composer for a transcription of his improvisation
These arias were first presented as part of larger scenes from the opera at the 2008 John Duffy
Composer's Institute at the Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk, VA.
“Anthony Suter, whose comic opera The Most Fortunate Son was a riot last year,
returned with a complete change of pace in heroes, monsters, humans, about a family
separated by the Iraq war. One scene showed the conflict and reconciliation between
the wife and brother of a soldier in Iraq who meet unexpectedly at an anti-war protest…
In the second scene from heroes, monsters humans, Signe Mortenson was an Iraqi girl
thanking the soldier for saving her brother, but angry and frightened by the bombing. The
aria, with a clarinet obbligato by the composer, was sung in Arabic, a first for most of the
audience and a triumph”.
--M.D. Ridge, May 26th, 2008, Portfolio Weekly, Norfolk
“Anthony Suter’s heroes, monsters, humans provided serious contrast with two pictures
of human conflict concerning the Iraq war. First, the brother and wife of an American
soldier in Iraq argued the war’s merits. Then that brother heard the outpouring of mixed
emotions of the sister of a suicide bomber he had saved. Both scenes drew strength
from direct musical writing and solid, committed performances”.
--Lee Teply, May 28th, 2008, Virginia Pilot
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