Seattle Opera photo by Rozarii Lynch

Seattle Opera photo by Rozarii Lynch

AMELIA

  • Libretto: Gardner McFall  |  Story: Stephen Wadsworth
  • 2 Acts / 120 mins. / Seattle Opera / Stephen Wadsworth / Gerard Schwarz
  • Notable Performances: Moores Opera House, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago College for the Performing Arts
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A first time mother-to-be, whose psyche has been scarred by the loss of her pilot-father in Vietnam, must break free from anxiety to embrace healing and renewal for the sake of her husband and child in a story that unfolds over a 30-year period beginning in 1966.

Princeton Atelier photo by John Jameson

Princeton Atelier photo by John Jameson

THE ANTIENT CONCERT

  • Libretto: Paul Muldoon
  • 1 Act / 62 mins. / Phoenix Chamber Players / Daron Hagen / Jocelyn Dueck
  • Princeton Atelier, Symphony Space
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John McCormack and James Joyce compete in Dublin's Antient Concert Rooms in the 1904 Feis Ceoil to determine which of them is Ireland's "finest tenor." The "dramatic recital" also features meaty roles for Jim's lover Nora Barnacle and his dead mother.

Butler Opera Center photo

Butler Opera Center photo

BANDANNA

Touch of Evil is crossed with Under the Volcano in this searing, "soaringly eclectic" post-verismo retelling of the Bard's Othello set in the spiritual, physical, and ethical "liminal zone" of the Texas-Mexican border on the "Day of the Dead" in 1968. 

Skylight Music Theater photo by Mark Frohna

Skylight Music Theater photo by Mark Frohna

I HEAR AMERICA SINGING

Three middle-aged Juilliard school chums — a composer, a singer, and his ex-wife, an actress — reunite at their composer friend's request to perform for financial backers a revised version of the musical that, decades earlier, established his Broadway career.

Tulsa Youth Opera photo by Shane Bevel

Tulsa Youth Opera photo by Shane Bevel

LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND

  • Libretto: J.D. McClatchy
  • 2 Acts / 65 mins. / Sarasota Youth Opera / Martha Collins / Steven Osgood
  • Tulsa Youth Opera, Sierra College Opera, UK Opera Theater, Pittsburgh High School for the Performing Arts
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Based on Winsor McKay's surrealist cartoon strip, the opera recounts the adventures of a boy named Nemo over the course of two nights. Family visitors and the neighbor’s little girl are transformed in his dreams into fantastic characters, all of them involved in Nemo’s quest to save Slumberland from Emperor Sol, who wants it to be bright, all night and all day. 

Kentucky Opera photo

Kentucky Opera photo

NEW YORK STORIES

  • Libretto: Barbara Grecki & Daron Hagen
  • 3 Acts / 60 mins. / Kentucky Opera / Daron Hagen / Joey Mechavich / Lisa Hasson
  • Notable Performances: USC Opera, Boston Opera Underground, Eugene Opera, Seasons Festival, Prism Ensemble, Chicago College of the Performing Arts, Long Leaf Opera, Music on the Edge, U. of Puget Sound
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Words and music weave together three intimate tales based on the experiences of real New Yorkers during the 90s: the first skit is piquant and romantic, the second is dark and funny by turns, and the third is warmly domestic and ends with a twist.

Opera Theater of Pittsburgh photo by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Opera Theater of Pittsburgh photo by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

SHINING BROW

  • Libretto: Paul Muldoon
  • Version I: 2 Acts / 120 mins. / Madison Opera / Stephen Wadsworth / Rolland Johnson
  • Version II: 1 Act / 60 mins. / Opera Theater of Pittsburgh / Jonathan Eaton / Robert Frankenberry
  • Notable Performances: Buffalo Philharmonic, Chicago Opera Theater, Florida Southern College, Tulsa Opera
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Set between 1903 and 1914, the opera relates the true story of great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright as he leaves his wife and children for Mamah Cheney, who is subsequently murdered with her children during a fire at Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Photo by Mel Rosenthal

Photo by Mel Rosenthal

VERA OF LAS VEGAS

  • Libretto: Paul Muldoon
  • 1 Act / 60 mins. / Center for Contemporary Opera / Charles Maryan / Robert Frankenberry
  • Notable Performances: UNLV Opera Theater, Opera Vista, West Edge Opera, Opera Theater Ireland
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An "entertainment" featuring four haunted souls in desperate pursuit of personal reinvention and redemption  on the verge of entertaining themselves to death. Taco and Dumdum, two IRA irregulars on the lam, are rolled by INS agent Doll and her mysterious pal Vera during a late 80s layover in Vegas.

Kentucky Opera photo by Patrick Pfister

Kentucky Opera photo by Patrick Pfister

A WOMAN IN MOROCCO

  • Libretto: Barbara Grecki & Daron Hagen
  • 2 Acts / 120 mins. / Kentucky Opera / Daron Hagen / Roger Zahab
  • Notable Performances: Butler Opera Center, Kentucky Opera
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The cinematic, noir-verismo parable of a young female American writer who comes to Tangiers in 1958 to do research for an exposé of human trafficking there and instead becomes entangled in a tragic web of lies, drugs, love, and betrayal.