One Act Chamber Operas with Piano

ENCHANTRESS (2014)
Music by Kamala Sankaram
Libretto by Rob Handel

Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron, must choose between her passionate marriage and the chance to collaborate with the eccentric mathematician Charles Babbage. A scientific romance about the birth of the first computer program.

ROLES
AUGUST ADA BYRON LOVELACE (Mezzo-Soprano) WILLIAM LOVELACE, FIRST EARL OF LOVELACE (Tenor) CHARLES BABBAGE (Bass-Baritone)


ONCE UPON THE WIND (2012)
Music by Theo Popov
Libretto by Kate Light

Can we hold on to loved ones forever - or should we learn to let them go? Can we fight the inevitable - and if we do, at what cost? Hoping to keep his dying mother alive, a soldier captures death. The soldier's resident "house spirit" thinks he knows better, but is his mother the one who really knows the right path to choose?

ROLES
DOMOVOY, a house spirit (Tenor)
SOLDIER (Baritone)
MOTHER (Mezzo-Soprano)


THE WEDDING GIFT OF PIRATE GRANNY (2012)
Music by Alla Borzova
Libretto by David Johnston

A humorous look at morality and convention. On a Caribbean island in the 17th Century, Elizabeth Prince is about to marry Jack Hope, and live happily ever after as a respectable, church-going wife and schoolteacher.  But her buccaneering grandmother's riotous, cigar-chomping ghost refuses to let her settle for such a boring domestic life.

ROLES
JACK JEFFERSON HOPE (Tenor)
ELIZABETH PRINCE (Soprano)
PIRATE GRANNY (Mezzo-Soprano)


ALL WOUNDS BLEED (2011)
Music by Christopher Cerrone
Libretto by Tony Asaro

Hera, Queen of the gods, suspects Echo of having an affair with her husband, Zeus. Echo plots to entrap Zeus with Cupid's arrowhead—a magic weapon that when used, will cause the wounded to fall in love with the next person they see. Unexpectedly, she changes her mind and decides to use the arrowhead on a mortal: Narcissus. A tale of love's misery and unrequited longing ensues.  

ROLES
HERA (Mezzo-Soprano)
ECHO (Soprano)
NARCISSUS (Tenor)


SEED – A POST-APOCALOPERA (2011)
Music Gerald Cohen
Libretto by David Simpatico

One hundred years ago, the Great Nuclear Holy War devastated the planet. Now, Adam and Evangeline, the last two people on Earth, safeguard the global seed depository deep inside in the Doomsday Botanical Seed Vault. Suffering the pangs of the encroaching human extinction, suddenly, they hear a voice on the other side of the vault door. Someone is alive, outside…

ROLES
ADAM (Tenor)
EVANGELINE (Mezzo-Soprano)
SNAKE (Baritone)


ON THE ORIGIN (2011)
Music by Justine F. Chen
Libretto Rochelle Bright

To publish, or not to publish? Charles Darwin's most controversial work - On the Origin of Species. Could Darwin damn the soul of his own child Annie, whose memories he kept in a box? With Annie's salvation at stake, Charlie hands his manuscript to his wife Emma to decide. With a libretto sourced from Darwin's own private letters and his greatest written works.

- "From so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”  - CHARLES DARWIN

ROLES
ETTY DARWIN (Soprano)
EMMA DARWIN (Soprano)
CHARLES DARWIN (Baritone) 


NORA AT THE ALTAR RAIL (2008)
Music by Jay Anthony Gach
Libretto by Royce Vavrek

With each passing day, Nora's life as farmwife to Lars becomes more and more difficult to endure and her escape inside Victorian literature becomes more and more consuming. The transfixing quality of Thomas hardy's poem "At the Altar-Rail" holds Nora hostage in her bedroom as she reads, over and over, the plight of
a young woman who runs away from her simple-minded husband for a "swift, short, gay life" in the city.

ROLES
NORA (Soprano)
LARS (Baritone)
ANDERS (Tenor)


THE DISINHERITED (2014)
Music by Clarice Assad
Libretto by Niloufar Talebi

Set in 1983 Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war, the fate and safety of a young boy lies between tightly held family secrets in this triangular family drama.

ROLES
MINA SAFAVI (Mezzo-Soprano)
BAHRAM SAFAVI (Bass-Baritone)
SHAYAN SAFAVI (Tenor)

THE RESURRECTION ENGINE (2014)
Music by Evan Meier
Libretto by E.M. Lewis

Why should we lose what we have the power to keep? In this gothic Victorian horror story set during a terrible cholera epidemic in Dartmoor, two brothers battle over questions of science and religion as a young woman's life hangs in the balance.

ROLES
DILLON (Tenor)
EDWARD (Baritone)
CARMINOW (Bass-Baritone)


ANOTHER SKY (2012) 
Music by Jeremy Howard Beck
Libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann

World War II in Oxfordshire, England. The insular world shared by Imogen, a scientist, and her sister, Cressida, is in danger of becoming a thing of the past when their late father's time machine turns up, tempting fate. A story of the bond between sisters, the wonders of the everyday, and the ethical questions raised by technology.

ROLES
CRESSIDA WHILE (Soprano)
IMOGEN WHILE (Mezzo-Soprano)
DR. DAUNT (Baritone)

ARRANGEMENT (2014)
Music by Elizabeth Lim
Libretto by Jerome A. Parker

When Hunter Palmer wins the Pulitzer Prize in music for material his sister writes, their co-dependency is tested and tried in this new opera about music, relationships and other ties that bind.

ROLES
SUZETTE (Soprano)
KRISTINE (Mezzo-Soprano)
HUNTER (Baritone)


CYCLE (2011)
Music by Clint Borzoni
Libretto by Tony Asaro

Jeremy, a handsome 28 year-old gay man has moved in with his 40 year-old boyfriend, David.  The two grapple with David's anabolic steroid use.  Syringe, steroids anthropomorphized, appears to the two of them, enticing them both to use.

ROLES
JEREMY (Tenor)
DAVID (Baritone)
SYRINGE (Soprano)

 

THE PRICE OF SILENCE (2012)
Music by Jeffrey Dennis Smith
Libretto by Magda Bogin

A retired salesman in Argentina is force to face a dark secret with which he has lived for 30 years. Called to testify about his role in the Dirty Wars, he is torn between his conscience and his desire to protect his grown daughter, the apple of his eye. When she learns about his past, she faces an even starker choice: to protect her father, or to uphold the truth.

ROLES
ARMANDO (Baritone)
ELENA (Mezzo-Soprano)
MARIO (Tenor)


THE HUNGER ART (2008)
Music by Jeff Myers
Libretto by Royce Vavrek

The Hunger Art tells the story of Alfons and Ivona, two performanceartists that publicly starve themselves for a living. In the town square of a 1930s era Prague neighborhood, they display their emaciated bodies for the amusement of the crowd. The temptation to eat in secret drives the couple to question their fidelity in this allegorical tale inspired by Franz Kafka and the Biblical story of Adam and Eve.

ROLES
ALFONS (Tenor)
IVONA (Soprano)
MILOS (Countertenor)
JAN (Tenor)
BRONISLAV (Baritone)

ADAM AND EVE (2008)
Music by Patrick Soluri
Libretto by Quincy Long

In this iteration of the Bible story, Adam and Eve meet in a mental hospital where they play out, in their distorted but deeply human fashion, the age-old story of mutual attraction. The two are aided in their struggle to understand their desire for — and fear of — sexual knowledge by a benevolent Satan in the person of the ward psychiatrist, Doctor Solomon.

ROLES
DR. SOLOMON (Baritone)
JAMIE/ADAM (Tenor)
TERESA/EVE (Soprano)


BLOODLINES (2018)
Music by Shuying Li
Libretto by Lila Palmer

For Marcus and Esme, life is good. As children, they survived a war, and emigrated to a new country. As adults, they flourished and found love in each other. Then a strange series of events brings the old country dangerously to life in the present, begging the question: are all secrets better exposed to the light, or should some things remain in darkness?

ROLES
ESME (Mezzo-soprano)
MARCUS (Baritone)
SARA/ANGIE (Soprano)

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO NANA (2018)
Music by Liliya Ugay
Libretto by Lorene Cary

Nana's Ghost discovers that her granddaughter is revising the libretto to an opera she's been writing about Nana's life - and Nana's Ghost is not pleased.  A haunted wrestling for control begins, with the composer also advocating for the version of the story he thinks will sing.

ROLES
NANA’S GHOST (Mezzo-soprano)
GRANDDAUGHTER/LIBRETTIST (Soprano)
COMPOSER (Tenor)


THE TREE OF ETERNAL YOUTH (2018)
Music by Andy Teirstein
Libretto by Julian Crouch

In an orchard, on one particular tree, hangs a peach - but no ordinary peach. At the foot of this same tree, an elderly couple, who long ago made love beneath its branches and carved a heart into its bark, consider their options: To grow old together, or choose eternal youth.

ROLES
OLD WOMAN (Mezzo-soprano)
OLD MAN/YOUNG MAN (Baritone)
WOODSMAN/PAN (Bass-baritone)