The Woman Who Borrowed Memories is a tale of disturbing transference. The story surrounds an artist who leaves home to travel abroad, where she becomes famous for her paintings. She returns 15 years later where she catches up with her old landlady, and meets the new tenant of her old apartment, a recluse. As the women reminisce and share their memories of the past, their conversation turns more sinister, and it becomes unclear what memories are true, and which memories really belong to each of the three characters.
The Woman Who Borrowed Memories is a new one act chamber opera that will have its premiere at the Vancouver Fringe Festival in September 2019. The libretto is based on a short story first published in 1987 by Finnish author Tove Jansson. Originally written in Swedish, the opera will be performed in English, with English surtitles. Music and libretto by Roan Shankaruk, a recent Opera Performance and Composition graduate from UBC.
- Tuesday, September 10 – 6:15 pm
- Wednesday, September 11 – 8:00 pm
- Thursday, September 12 – 8:00 pm
- Friday, September 13 – 8:00 pm
- Saturday, September 14 – 6:15 pm
(Just under an hour long with no intermission)