New York Stories

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New York Stories

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Broken Pieces, Just for the Night, Cradle Song

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THREE ONE ACT OPERAS

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

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.

BROKEN PIECES

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.

JUST FOR THE NIGHT

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.

CRADLE SONG

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.