“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
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.