The Homosexual Necrophiliac Duck Opera, now at Tête à Tête – The Opera Festival, London 8 and 9 August 2015

“The two male singers will also be portraying the mallard ducks in question, through the medium of contemporary dance. A tasteful re-enactment of the duck display, mixing flowing, poetic body movements and extreme sexual violence.”
Daniel Gillingwater, composer

My duck call (book not related).

My duck call (book not related).

This weekend, August 8th and 9th, 2015 ‘Tête à Tête:The Opera Festival‘, King’s Cross, London (also known as The World’s Largest Festival of New Opera) will feature two live performances of probably the first-ever scientific paper that has been converted into an opera – The Homosexual Necrophiliac Duck Opera. The actual words of my classic Ig Nobel winning paper (on that subject) will be sung and the duck’s display re-enacted! For those lovers of opera who are not familiar with homosexual necrophilia in mallards or in any other organism, I will briefly introduce it (using classic images) and then join the ochestra to play a sometimes dominating instrument, the duck call. While I blow the flute(s), soprano Sarah Richmond will take over my role by singing the exact words of my 2001 paper, including ‘Rather startled, I watched …’ which is the final vivace section of a pseudo Mozartian aria.

Here is a bit of history of the try-out in 2014 and the deeper thoughts of the wonderful musicians who composed and sung the opera. Here’s a preview, in The Times (see PDF)

Seats are still available. The performances will take place on 8th and 9th August 2015 at Kings Place, London. Here’s how to get TICKETS.


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