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Klytemnestra, the original subversive female scene iii, The Weaving Aria

from Dominick DiOrio: The Captured Goddess by Misha Penton & Dominick DiOrio



(Agamemnon returns a hero and Klytemnestra lays the sacred tapestries of the House of Atreus at his feet— inviting him to meet his fate)

I weave into the sting and pulse of Night
And my loom
Strand to strand, ties and knots, lash and strap, warp and weft, dyes and breaths
Patterns, figures revealed
My oracle: the distaff yielding to its sister axis spinning
What once was perfect, still, placid, pure
I make balanced complete essential primitive whole:
Myself the design: in each thread, twist and braid
Every fiber river soaked, blood inspired: washed in the surge the waning moon draws from me, a supplication collected
in tender swells along my thighs
How flawless and bare I am, wrapped in my creation
And my love? He will softly step upon these: my finest silks, a flood over our threshold.
He returns
I await

—Misha Penton, libretto


from Dominick DiOrio: The Captured Goddess, released October 27, 2015
Music by Dominick DiOrio
Misha Penton, soprano
Meredith Harris, viola
Kyle Evans, piano
Toni Valle, dancer and choreographer

Produced by Misha Penton
Audio recorded by Todd Hulslander at The Geary Performance Studio, Houston Public Media


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Misha Penton is a singer, composer, and filmmaker. Her music is a blend of futuristic art song and chamber electronica—you will hear the rise and fall of her many layered voices, and the swirling guitars and electronic sound worlds created by Misha and her collaborators. ... more

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