Paul Alan Barker, Composer

My Voice and Me
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My Voice and Me

music theatre for pianist, soprano and speech synthesis

(2012)

Listen to My Voice and Me

DESCRIPTION

Oliver Curry was a famous operatic tenor, thirty years ago. Through a series of unfortunate incidents he developed acute aphasia and lost the use of his voice. He still communicates with a 1983 Dec Talk DTC 01 Speech Synthesiser. He has written a book about his experiences called My Voice and Me, which particularly refers to his role of Canio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. He is currently on a world-wide tour promoting his book. He speaks as best he can from a piano, aided by his wife, the singer Maria Bovino.

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Photo by Claire Shovelton

PERFORMANCE DETAILS

Commissioned by University of Hull and CrEST

Composed by Paul Barker after Leoncavallo

and a 1983 Dec Talk DTC 01 Speech Synthesiser

programmed by Christopher Newell

words by Christopher and George Newell

premiered Woodend House, Scarborough, England 26.1.13

also as an installation at the Crest Roadshow, 2012-13

London premiere: Tête-aTête Festival at the Riverside Studios on August 3rd and 4th, 2013