Tender ✚ Loving ✚ Care (Working Title) Opera and the Media of the Future Mini Web Opera Proposal By Jasmin Kent Rodgman Tender ✚ Loving ✚ Care is centred around a short study of the phenomenon of online dating, chat rooms and the virtual relationships we build via the internet.
Using split screen partitions as each character is opened up we see a new window, another scene change and hear another thematic element.
Plot twists will be revealed in hints and clues embedded within the libretto and performance.
A sense of ‘realtime’ and documentary is implied as the opera is filmed via webcam and live screen recordings.
Each character has their own story to tell and with each click, these are performed to the invisible protagonist.
The more these windows are opened, the further the plot is revealed and we discover relationships between behaviour, characters and our own expectations.
As each site visitor encounters the T✚L✚C website they will be instructed to provide details such as their name, gender, hobbies, job etc.
to fill in blanks purposely left unfinished in the main profile.
How can parallels be drawn and opera re- imagined to incorporate such a vital element of the modern day?
Inspirations have been drawn from the orchestration of Messiaen’s plays subtly in the background; a mixture of instrumental thematic and electronic material that underlies the entire project and later evolves into the musical score.
We see an online dating profile to the left of the screen.
The scene is set and it is here we are presented with 6 ‘matches/interests’ for our invisible protagonist.