Brian Current

Missing

A story everyone knows, from the vantage of a woman no one remembers.

Music by Brian Current
Libretto by Marie Clement

About the work

Missing tells a story everybody knows, about a woman no one remembers. Set in Vancouver and along the Highway of Tears, this music drama was created to give voice to the story of Canada’s missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls, and to show that each and every one of these missing people is honored.

SPECS

Duration:

90'

Movements:

Two acts

Instrumentation:

fl, cl, 2 perc, electric piano, 7 solo voices, vln, vlc, electronics

BACKGROUND

Date of composition:

2017

Commissionner:

City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria

Performances:

Co-produced by Pacific Opera Victoria and City Opera Vancouver, the opera, developed over two and a half years, had its world première in Vancouver and Victoria in November 2017.

The Pacific Opera Victoria toured the opera in BC and SK in 2019.

Press:

Missing is an extraordinarily moving and thought-provoking work… a magnificent mélange of singing, acting and music that, one hopes, will be seen by audiences across Canada and the world.
– The Whole Note

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Brian Current writes music that is brimming with energy – sometimes with the propulsive rhythms of so-called minimalist music, sometimes with a more delicate sense of flux, but almost always with a sense of motion and playfulness about the treatment of time and texture. These features have won him numerous honours, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Barlow Prize for Orchestral Music, and Italy’s Premio Fedora for his new chamber opera Airline Icarus.

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