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

Worlds Apart: 


             two arias

                 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

Premiere information:

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.

Press Reviews:

“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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