Music

Losing Her Voice

presented by Nottingham Lakeside Arts

Composer Elizabeth Kelly
Musical Director Calum Fraser
Artistic Director Martin Berry

Performed by professional soloists and musicians alongside University of Nottingham’s talented student musicians.

Lakeside is thrilled to premiere University of Nottingham Composer Elizabeth Kelly’s first opera. Losing Her Voice brings to life in music and film the story of the early 20th-century American opera diva Geraldine Farrar who became a silent film star and performed Carmen silently in an acclaimed 1915 Cecil B. Demille film. Alongside celebrating Farrar’s achievements, the opera explores ideas surrounding the cult of celebrity and the impact of social media.

The production experiments with interactive technologies and encourages audience engagement through a specially designed app. Audience interaction is encouraged and mobile devices are welcome.

The development of Losing Her Voice received funding from OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. A British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant supported musicology research. Dr Kelly's collaborative research with the Mixed Reality Lab was supported by a University of Nottingham 'Creative and Digital' Research Priority Area Development grant, the EPSRC FAST (Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies) Grant and the EPSRC Living with Digital Ubiquity Platform Grant. This project was developed in collaboration with Nottingham Lakeside Arts.​

2 hours inculding interval