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Alice in the Pandemic: A Virtual Opera

A ticketed online opera will be streamed by the activist opera group White Snake Projects on Oct. 23-27. “The heroine of Lewis Carroll’s Alice books navigates an absurd alternate reality, and that idea spoke to the composer Jorge Sosa and the librettist Cerise Lim Jacobs during this chaotic year. Their virtual opera, Alice in the… [read full post]

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Kathryn Beaumont Before Alice

Walt Disney first saw Miss Beaumont in a 1948 Esther Williams vehicle called On an Island with You, which led to her being cast as Alice and later, Wendy. Her elocution, accent, voice, and appeal are unmistakable here, even when she’s imitating Jimmy Durante! You can rent the movie on Amazon Prime or You Tube,… [read full post]

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Furiouser and Spuriouser

Young Canadian composer Jason Noble sees the Internet as Alice’s Wonderland. In a 23-minute a cappella choral piece (with narration) in eight chapters, Furiouser and Spuriouser, he explores their parallels. The composition was created at Pro Coro Canada’s Choral Art: Conductors and Composers program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in 2018. You… [read full post]

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Twinkle Bat Variations on Podcast

Dr. April Lynn James wears many different hats—award-winning singer & scholar, librarian, creative educator exploring the intersection of the arts, spirituality, and wellness. The guardian angel of her sense of humor, Madison Hatta, Sonneteer, has written many Alice-related poems, published under the title “The Twinkle Bat Variations.” You can now hear them as a series… [read full post]

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Under Ground at the Royal Opera House

London’s Royal Opera House will be presenting Gerald Barry’s opera Alice’s Adventures Under Ground February 3–9 , 2020. Described as “fun, furious, frantic, and utterly fantastic! The surreal world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice, both in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, is given an extra twist in operatic treatment. At less than an hour for… [read full post]

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Unchained Melanie

The enormously popular American singer-songwriter, actress, and director Melanie Martinez (b. 1995) is somewhat sui generis; The Guardian describes her music as “off-kilter, sweary electropop.” Her debut studio album, Cry Baby (2015), which went on to be certified platinum, contains a song called “Mad Hatter,” obviously based on the two Disney movies (1951, 2010) rather… [read full post]

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