Doctor’s opera vying for award

FINALIST: Armidale’s Dr Eve Klein is a finalist in one of Australia’s biggest music awards.

FINALIST: Armidale’s Dr Eve Klein is a finalist in one of Australia’s biggest music awards.

A ONE-woman opera composed by the University of New England’s Eve Klein is a finalist in this year’s APRA/Australian Music Centre Music Awards to be announced today.

Dr Klein is the convenor of music at UNE and is contesting the Vocal Work of the Year category.

Her nominated work, The Pomegranate Cycle, comprises song and spoken word, as well as layers of digital audio processing. In its album form it has already been downloaded more than 35,000 times.

Dr Klein, who not only composed the opera but also performs it, said it challenged the traditional depiction and role of women in repertory opera.

“Female opera singers are rarely given the chance to inhabit roles with a contemporary outlook, to perform roles composed by women, or indeed to claim authorship themselves through being involved in 

executive processes within the art-form such as composing, conducting or generating a work’s performance,” Dr Klein said.

The awards ceremony will take place tonight at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne.

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