The Clever Artifice of Harriet and Margaret is a one-act chamber opera for four female singers composed by Leanna Kirchoff. Based on Alice Gerstenberg’s 1913 play, Overtones, the opera depicts the cat-and-mouse conversation between Harriet and Margaret, as they each try to accomplish their agenda without the other one knowing it. Symbolic of Freudian ego and id, the two women are shadowed on stage by their inner selves, Hetty and Maggie, who interject their own uncensored commentary.
The Clever Artifice of Harriet and Margaret
will be performed by the Missouri State University Opera Department
27th Annual MSU Composition Festival
Monday, February 27, 2017
Hammond Hall for the Performing Arts