LOVE CONQUERS ALL IN OUR OPERA: OCTAVIAN AND CLEOPATRA
LOVE CONQUERS ALL IN OUR OPERA: OCTAVIAN AND CLEOPATRA where musical styles take turns. The Roman point of view, through militaristic music, alternates with exotic and beautiful Egyptian melodies sung by Cleopatra and her ladies in waiting. Whereas the Roman style is more “foursquare”; the music of Cleopatra is languid, sexy and touches the heart. As an unwilling Octavian becomes totally taken with Cleopatra, his angular Roman style changes to the Egyptian. At the end, he sings the beautiful aria, She was Egypt’s Queen as he recalls her alluring charm and female virtues. In a subplot, a Roman captain is sent by Octavian to guard Cleopatra. The captain also falls in love with her and plots his own escape with her. . The Captain’s hardened ways of war disappear in the presence Cleopatra as he sings the melodious aria of love which closes act one, In the Darkness. The opera burned the midnight oil for two years and became a labor of love between the husband-wife team of lyricist-book writer Sharon and composer David. Sharon has currently been orchestrating the work. Look on our website entitled dsoworks.com under the heading of “Stage”. Then click on the Octavian and Cleopatra drop down for more information.