Alice Tierney (2020)
for Opera |
by Melissa Dunphy
There is no score for this work currently available. Please contact the composer for more information.
Commissioned by the Oberlin Opera Commissioning Program through the generosity of Elizabeth and Justus ’71 Schlichting, Alice Tierney will be workshopped with students, premiered on campus in 2023. Dunphy was one of seven winners of a 2020 Discovery Grant, presented to female composers with the intention of increasing gender parity across the opera industry. That grant will support the development of Alice Tierney at Oberlin. Alice Tierney explores the mythic stories surrounding the death of the real-life 19th-Century “dissipated woman” Alice Tierney. Tierney was found hanging by her own petticoats on a fence in a seedy Philadelphia neighborhood early one morning in 1880. Despite suspicious circumstances, the death was ruled accidental and never investigated by police. But was it a jealous lover? Vicious thieves? The Devil? Who was Alice?