The Hunt: Suite
from The Hunt, an opera in one act3 sopranos self-accompanying on violin and ukulele (or three sopranos, violin, and ukulele) (2023)
|Book and music by Kate Soper with additional text by Hildegard of Bingen, H.D., Pliny the Elder, Christina Rossetti, Isidore of Seville, Thibaut de Champagne, and from the Exeter Book.
I. Monoceron (prologue)
|"The Hunt," a one-act opera, was commissioned by Miller Theatre at Columbia University
|The ukulele should be a tenor ukulele in "high G" tuning (G4-C4-E4-A4).
|Staged performances of this work require licensing.
Three virgins sit in a clearing on the order of the King, whiling the time away with songs, riddles, and livestream updates as they await the appearance of the majestic unicorn. But the weeks are dragging on, the court is getting antsy, and the King is threatening dire measures to verify the purity of his employees. Written for a cast of three self-accompanied singers, The Hunt reclaims a well-worn medieval legend to interrogate the contemporary obsession with regulating and restricting female sexuality, the consequences for gender deviance, the value of beauty, and the price of safety—all while captivating the audience with music that beguiles, provokes, and ultimately triumphs.
– Kate Soper