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Façon tragique de tuer une femme / Tragic Ways of Killing a Woman

Diana Soh, Richard Dubelski

In Soh's new one-act chamber opera, the disparity of treatment between men and women is articulated through the life and loves of one woman - Ofelia. Taking inspiration from the Greek tragedies, this modern-day representation showcases the full and timeless spectrum of microaggressions and violence against women.

Associated artists

Diana Soh


Diana Soh’s highly-detailed score precisely defines the physical movements for the performers, creating an unusual, “noisy” rhythmic  backdrop to the singing, turning mundane tasks like stirring one’s tea, chopping vegetables and turning a page into music.


During the 2 residencies at Snape Maltings, the team worked with a dramaturg Sinead O’Neill to asses how this would affect the staging of the opera and the freedom of performance.


The singers were Laura Bowler (mezzo-soprano), Jennifer Clark (soprano) with Richard Dubelski (actor) taking on the role of husband2. While at Snape Maltings, they also worked with local people to gather text material for the libretto and raise awareness on issues that women face.


Dive into the creation process


More information on Diana Soh's website 





Composition  Diana Soh

Libretto  Richard Dubelski
inspired by the book Façons tragiques de tuer une femme by Nicole Loraux

Stage director  tbc


Ensemble  N/A

3 female singers

2 actors / percussionists (with spoken parts)

vocal ensemble (4 - 6 parts)

amplified mise-en-scène (*domestic objects like cups, pots and pans, blenders, knifes are used not only as props but actual music-makers)