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Composer: Body, Jack (b. 1944)

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Year of birth1944
NationalityNew Zealand
Period20th century
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Tribute to Carmen Rupe with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Carmen Rupe
The subject of Songs and Dances of Desire, this new performance piece with music by Auckland Philharmonia composer-in-residence Jack Body, is Carmen Rupe, drag queen extraordinaire, champion of gay rights and one-time mayoral candidate, who died in 2011. She evidently saw herself in the operatic figure of Carmen, and Body’s work is sprinkled with appropriations from Bizet’s opera.
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