January 27, 2017 | Nashville Opera
Safe Word
Composer:Robert Paterson
Librettist:David Cote
Synopsis

SAFE WORD

(2 singers: mezzo soprano and baritone)
Mistress Salomé (mezzo-soprano) is a dominatrix in a deluxe dungeon. Today she welcomes a new client, a businessman (baritone). He’s having a rough day, and he’s ready to take it out on someone else—even though he's the one who pays to be humiliated. As Salomé conducts the session—role-playing, verbally and physically abusing the client, he says it’s not arousing him. He wants more intensity; he wants a "switch session." She refuses. He taunts and belittles her in a threatening manner. She tries to maintain control, but becomes angrier until, in a frenzy, she strangles the client in self-defense. He’s dead. She is shocked. Then, in a last-minute twist, we learn that the client is not dead, the woman is not a dominatrix and she has been paying for this sexual role-play, to find out what it’s like to be a dominatrix who murders a client.


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Opera OrlandoSafe Word5/16/2018 - 5/27/2018
The American Opera ProjectSafe Word6/15/2017 - 6/18/2017
Nashville OperaSafe Word1/27/2017 - 1/29/2017


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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
00:40

Number of Acts
1


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