• Carl Vine
  • Aria (1984)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)
  • fl/perc/pf.cel/vc
  • Soprano
  • 9 min
  • Patrick White
  • English

Programme Note

The text for Aria was written by Patrick White as an experiment for a larger operatic collaboration. At this point in the libretto our protagonist, the wife of a hugely successful businessman, luxuriates under the hands of her hairdresser, Angelino, bemoaning the dreadful tribulations that seem to beset her at every turn. The work was commissioned by Flederman and written for that group with the English soprano, Jane Manning, to whom the work is dedicated. Aria was last performed by Jane Manning and Flederman at the BBC Late Night Proms Concerts in 1988.