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Melodrama in the 1950s : a new production of Francis Poulenc’s La Voix humaine Stringer, Sandra Alice

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The thesis for Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Sandra Stringer is comprised of a series of recitals, operatic performances, and a thesis document. All components of said thesis were completed between September 2000 and October 2005. In December 2000, Ms. Stringer played the role of "Hansel" in Englebert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, directed by Nancy Hermiston and conducted by Richard Epp. In March of2001, Ms. Stringer played the role of "Elizabeth Proctor" in American composer Robert Ward's The Crucible, which is based on the highly successful American play of the same name by Arthur Miller. The opera was directed by Nancy Hermiston, conducted by Jesse Read, and the performances were held at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. In her second year, Ms. Stringer completed her operatic requirements with a performance of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas in which she played the role of "Dido" in March 2002. The opera was paired with a performance of Giacomo Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. These operas are related by their subject matter in that the great Italian Renaissance writer Dante alluded to both of these stories in his Divine Comedy. The operas were directed by Nancy Hermiston, conducted by Neil Varon, and the performances were held at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Ms. Stringer gave the first of two recitals in May 2002 with the pianist Gladys Lau. The program included song cycles by Gabriel Faure, Richard Wagner, Manuel da Falla, and Andre Previn. The recital was performed in the UBC School of Music Recital Hall. Finally, Ms. Stringer gave a lecture recital presentation of Francis Poulenc's La Voix humaine in which she played the sole character, "Elle." The performance was given in September 2005 in the UBC School of Music recital hall and accompanied by Richard Epp on the piano. The recital was presented in conjunction with her thesis document entitled, "Melodrama in the 1950s: A New Production of Francis Poulenc's La Voix humaine."

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