Elwood, Paul

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Bellman, Jonathan

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Burleson, Jill

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Reddick, Carissa


College of Performing and Visual Arts; School of Music, Department of Composition


University of Northern Colorado

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Greeley, (Colo.)


University of Northern Colorado

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416 pages

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Born digital


Pride and Prejudice is an original composition. It adapts the storyline and various characters from Jane’s Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice, into an operatic ensemble work for the stage and theatre. The project is the result of an exploration into the characteristics and qualities of an ensemble opera, a work that derives its synergy from the interactions and collaborative efforts of memorable and varied performers. In an operatic setting, when a performer is immersed in the portrayal of a character, that nature is amplified when communicating with another role just as intentional and skillful. The sense of personality and singleness is magnified when yet another actor is thrown into the mix, and then another. Pride and Prejudice explores the various relationships of the novel through ensemble singing—mother and daughters, father and daughters, husband and wife, sister and sister, beloved and suitor, a superior and her perceived subject. In the composition of the opera, some exemplars were studied to facilitate and enhance the process. These works consisted of various Mozart’s operas, predominantly the opera Le nozze di Figaro, and the ensemble parts of Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte, Sondheim musicals, such as Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George, and Mark Adamo’s 1998 opera Little Women.

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