Semiosis of the Opera The Knock by Aleksandra Vrebalov
The opera The Knock was commissioned by the Glimmerglass Festival and was planned to be performed in 2021. Due to the pandemic the premiere was postponed, but Glimmerglass decided to film the opera and stream it on YouTube. The screened version of The Knock is the subject of this paper. Despite the setback, the opera had its live premiere on June 23, 2023 at the Cincinnati Opera House.
The libretto of The Knock was inspired by the autobiographical testimonies of military wives which Deborah Brevoort, the librettist, relied upon. Inspired by the strong emotions of the story along with the inner monologue of the characters, Aleksandra Vrebalov created music which not only reflects these inner states, but together with the text and image creates an inextricable semantic network, or in other words, a semiosis of the artwork.
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