Medusa’s Nightmare of Poseidon (2020)


For mezzo-soprano and piano (2019)


Augusta Caso, mezzo-soprano
Mila Henry, piano


5 min.


Voice and piano


Kendra Preston Leonard : Medusa's Nightmare of Poseidon

Program Notes

Medusa’s Nightmare of Poseidonis an excerpt from an in-progress opera titled Protectress. The opera opens with Medusa bolting awake from a nightmare. Still, half-stuck in the dream and panicked, she calls her sisters, the gorgons Stheno and Euryale. They try to calm her, and she tells them of the nightmare. She has had dreams about her rape by the sea god Poseidon before, but this one is worse. Though Medusa does not yet know it, this dream has been sent by Athena, the goddess who cursed her millennia ago for the crime of being raped, and is now beginning a renewed campaign of torments. The nightmares Athena inflicts on Medusa will threaten her sanity and eventually drive her to confront her former patron.


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