Woman Waits With Sword
A micro opera for unaccompanied singer
Music by Lisa Neher
Libretto by Kendra Leonard
Soprano/High Key Version Range: A3 - B5 or ossia A3-G5
Mezzo/Medium Key Version Range: G3-A5, or ossia G3-F5
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Woman Waits with Sword celebrates self-reliance. In 17th-century France, Alberte-Barbe D'ernécourt, Dame (noble lady) de Saint-Baslemont, has been protecting her people from invaders during the Hundred Years’ War. But when an intruder tries to claim her home and ignores her because of her sex, she becomes the Chevalier (knight or noble lord—assumed to be a man) de Saint-Baslemont and challenges him to a duel he cannot turn down.
This opera was written for mezzo-soprano Margaret O’Connell for the One Voice Project Micro Opera Festival in 2021.
Painting: Alberte-Barbe by Claude Deruet, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
French Words in the opera
Alberte-Barbe D'Ernécourt [albɜɾt baɾbə dɜɾnekuɾ]
cher [ʃɛɾ]: dear
Monsieur[məsjø]:sir, mister, gentleman
Chevalier [ʃə va lje]: a knight
Dame [dam]: a noble lady
Saint-Baslemont [sɛ̃ bɑlmõ]: the name of the hamlet
(property) owned by Alberte-Barbe and her husband
de [də]: of