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Unexpectedly Vacant - 25' opera by Michael Maxwell Steer

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Published on Oct 15, 2015

NB There are now subtitles giving the libretto. To activate them hover your cursor over the video image and select the SETTINGS icon on the lower RH. Now click on SUBTITLES and close the Settings tab. After a moment you will see another icon appear to its left. If it doesnt, reload the page, and it should be there. You can then listen and follow the dialog simultaneously.

Catrine Kirkman soprano, Matthew Kellett baritone. Somi Kim piano. ® Savile Club June 2015.

A SYNOPSIS OF THE PLOT IS GIVEN BELOW. See more details at http://msteer.co.uk/music/uv/1.html. FULL LIBRETTO http://msteer.co.uk/music/uv/2.html

SYNOPSIS
1 Early evening. A letting agent shows a young woman a bedsit which is 'unexpectedly vacant'. [2 – 51"] She agrees to take it. As they complete the formalities we learn that she is a photographer who wants to embark on project photographing the effects of global warming. The agent leaves.

3 [6'13"] She settles in, delighted to be making a new start after leaving her boyfriend. [4 – 10'15"] Putting on the kettle, she phones a friend, then looks for a wastebin to put her teabag, but finds a sealed black binliner. Opening it she's stunned to find wads of high denomination banknotes.

5 [16'33"] All sorts of things go throu her head: it's obviously hot money, but whose /why? [6 – 19'08"] The woman obsessively searches for clues, but all finds is a card for a Taiwanese 'ozone regeneration' corporation. Then she reflects on the big project she's trying fund and has almost persuades herself that she could take the money and run ...

Suddenly a bullet smashes the light. [7 – 24'06"] When the lights come back up the agent showing a new tenant round (mute role), using identical language about the flat being 'unexpectedly vacant.'

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