Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:The Role of Alice in Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonderland: An Exploration of Performance Requirements
Author(s):Na, Yoo Sun
Director of Research:Tipei, Sever
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Tipei, Sever
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Coleman, Barrington; Coleman, Cynthia Haymon; Ward, Thomas
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):International Opera
Titular character role
tessitura range
Abstract:Unsuk Chin’s (b. 1961) Alice in Wonderland is one of the most successful vocal works on the international stage. It demonstrates the depth and variety of composer’s musical idiom and combines traditional and contemporary styles. This written project is a study of the opera’s title role, which presents the performer with multiple challenges. It requires a singer to sustain dramatic declamation in both low and high tessituras, both in terms of length and range, and it exceeds the demands of many other comparable roles. During the course of the opera, the artist performing the role of Alice needs to concentrate equally upon singing and acting. This project examines this balance. Chapter 1 introduces the music, the project’s background, their significance, and the research objectives of this study. Chapter 2 offers an overview of the opera’s various musical styles and structure, as well as a dramatic analysis. Chapter 3 addresses performance practice, including how to sing and express Alice’s different moods and her character’s efforts to navigate the real and imaginary worlds. Chapter 4 is a summary of analysis and suggestions for further research.
Issue Date:2012
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Rights Information:copyright 2012 Yoo Sun Na
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-02-21

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