Three One Act Operas

Music by Daron Hagen  |  Words by Barbara Grecki and Daron Hagen


These three intimate stories are based on the experiences of real people. The music and libretto weaves all of their lives together. Conceived as a trilogy for performance both together and seperately, the first skit is piquant and romantic, the second is dark and funny by turns, the third is warmly domestic and ends with a delightful twist.

The trilogy is intended for young artist training programs at universities and professional opera companies. Chamber orchestra accompaniments are available, but piano accompaniment is preferred. Staging in a traditional theater is not preferable to site-specific stagings in private homes or public spaces.


Pamela, a thirty-something divorcee, lives alone in a one bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side. She's been waiting for months for the tile man to come and fix the broken tiles in her bathroom. Antonio, a middle-aged Italian immigrant, arrives to do the work.


Babs, a single socialite of a certain age and wealth living in a luxurious penthouse on the Upper East Side, receives an unexpected visit from her brother Chip on Christmas Eve, and, out of self-preservation, turns him away.


Mama and Papa, a young composer couple living in a tiny studio apartment in the East Village, arrive home after an evening out and begin the extended pas de deux of getting their infant child down for the night. 

Premiere Production

complete trilogy
30 October 2010
Kentucky Opera Young Artist Program
Three Private Homes (site specific stagings)
Louisville, KY

Running Time

70 minutes, with no intermission


  • Pamela / Babs / Mama (soprano)
  • Antonio / Chip / Papa (baritone / tenor)

Selected Performance History

  • USC Opera - Los Angeles, CA, 3/8/05 - BP
  • Brooklyn Conservatory - Brooklyn, NY, 5/20/05 - BP
  • Music on the Edge - Pittsburgh, PA, 2/19/07 - BP
  • Boston Opera Underground - Boston, MA, 2/13/08 - BP
  • Prism Ensemble - New York, NY, 4/7/08 - JFTN
  • UO Opera & Eugene Opera - Symphony Space, NYC 5/4/08 - BP
  • UO Opera & Eugene Opera - Eugene, OR, 5/30/08 - BP
  • University of Puget Sound - Tacoma, WA, 10/21/08 - CS
  • Seasons Music Festival - Yakima, WA, 10/26/08 - CS*
  • Long Leaf Opera - Chapel Hill, NC, 6/17/09 - NYS
  • Kentucky Opera - Louisville, KY, 10/30/10 - NYS
  • Chicago Opera Theater - Chicago, IL, 11/1/11 - NYS
  • Chicago College of Perf. Arts - Chicago, IL, 11/11-12/11 - NYS
  • Butler Opera Center - Austin, TX, 2/24-26 & 3/2-4/12 - NYS