– A mum? A daughter? A wife? – A fairy? A fantasy? A princess? – A prey? A doll? A sacrificer? ... ...
"Ladies" Project is to explore the topic of "What roles are ladies playing in the society nowadays?". The project consists of four contemporary solo guitar pieces and each of them represents a woman character:
Mermaid, composed by Yunjia Liu, was inspired by H. C. Anderson's fairy tale "The Little Mermaid". The music piece described the love story in three parts: "First Glance", "Destiny", and "Aria of Dissolving - last time singing". Another composition by Yunjia Liu, Fairy of the Snow, is dedicated to a female friend of the composer representing a mother, who searches the balance of fulfilling the family and social roles.
Composed by Australian composer Phillip Houghton, Ophelia... a haunted sonata was inspired by the tragic character Ophelia from Shakespeare’s Hamlet – a lady, who was tortured by the conflicts between the strong love and the fierce family hatred, and finally compromised to her own destiny with suicide. Medusa, composed by the German guitarist-composer Thomas Fellow, described the woman character Medusa from the Greek Mythology. Even though cursed by the inevitable power unfairly, even though considered as being evil, she was strong enough to pursue her own freedom regardless of the stereotypes from the society.
Initiated by Yunjia Liu, the theater version of the project is a multidisciplinary experiment with solo guitar music and theatrical representation by French actress and singer Laura Bečeić.
"to sing, it is to give voice to emotions"
From the age of 7, the lyrical soprano Laura Bečeić started on the stage of L'Hermine de Rien theater (Lozère, France), first as an actress and later as a guitarist and singer.
Passionate about art, she began operatic singing at the age of 17 with Françoise Galais and continued to improve her skills with Marianne Miagat. After her scientific baccalaureate, Laura took part in many projects: in an opera-jazz trio with piano, clarinet and vocals, in the comic opera "L'ivrogne corrigé" by C.W. Gluck in the role of Colette as well as in lyric festival of ARDEV in the production "Ciné-mélodie" where she sang of the film music repertoire. To this may be added class concerts, oratorio evenings and other operatic performances.
At 20, Laura Bečeić flew to Germany and joined the singing class of Prof. Caroline Thomas at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold for a Bachelor in Opera / Concert. She then had the opportunity to perform in the opera choir and oratorio choir, in chamber music ensembles as well as in the opera "Così fan Tutte" by W. A. Mozart as Despina. In the summer of 2019, Laura performs brilliantly Cecchina, her first lead role with orchestra in Piccinni's opera "La buona Figliuola" at the Landestheater in Detmold. For her Bachelor degree postponed to January 2021, Laura sings the main role of Leïla in Bizet's "Pearl Fishermen" directed by Birgit Kronshage. She also participates as an actress, singer and director in the "Frauen" project - women - with guitarist Yunjia Liu.