Svadba (Wedding) (2011)
When Queen of Puddings Music Theatre approached me to write an opera for six female voices, I took the opportunity to explore a wedding, particularly the evening before the ceremony, during which the bride-to-be and her friends devote themselves to private ancient rituals. The text is based on original Serbian poetry but recontextualized, adapting it for our contemporary culture. The music is derived from traditional folklore. The structure of the work is informed by everyday images and objects such as hair, cups, and water. The scenes unfold not through a linear narrative, but through a joyful interconnection of tableaus, in which the animated drama turns ordinary life into moments of magic and fantasy. A wedding is an important turning point in a woman’s life. Anchored in long-standing traditions, it always marks a transition for her. This rite of passage that Milica experiences is a universal one, an archetype of the human experience. Svadba (Wedding) offers us a chance to delve deeply into the virtues and richness of this brief but decisive juncture in a woman’s life. Svadba is dedicated to my parents.
Czech premiere, 55’
In Serbian with Czech and English subtitles