opera for six female voices

Ana Sokolovic
Ana Sokolovic
Composition Date: 2010
Duration: 01:00:00
Genre: Staged Vocal Works, Operas, Complete Vocal Score


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 6 x High voice
Programme Note:
When Queen of Puddings Music Theatre approached me to write an opera for six female voices, I took this opportunity to explore the wedding theme, especially the night before the ceremony, when we are privy to private and ancient rituals between the bride and her girlfriends.
The text is taken from original Serbian poetry but given a new context for our contemporary culture. The music is derived from traditional folklore. The compositional structure is informed by everyday images and objects – such as hair, cups, and water. The scenes unfold, not in a linear narrative, but in a playful interconnection animated through drama, distilling magic and fantasy from ordinary moments.
A wedding is an important turning point in every woman’s life, usually steeped in tradition and always signifying change and juncture. Milica’s rite of passage is universal, an archetype of human experience. Svadba offers a chance to delve deep into the quality and richness of a short but decisive moment in time.

Premiere Information:
June 2011; Queen of Puddings Music Theatre

The creation, development and production of this opera was supported by the Canadian Opera Creation Fund and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.


  • Call Number:
  • MV 7110 S683sv
  • Genre:
  • Staged Vocal Works, Operas, Complete Vocal Score
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 30, 2012
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (140 p.) ; 22 x 28 cm.
    140 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Opera for six female voices a capella

    The percussions are played by the singers

    Commissioned by Queen of Puddings Music Theatre

    Svadba is dedicated to her parents

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