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SIX NEW YORKERS ON THE VERGE OF DESTINY
AVAILABLE: October 2019
9-10 is a dramatic opera for six singers who will perform tonal, yet compositionally sophisticated, stylistically assimilative music accompanied by a pre-recorded accompaniment that emanates from either a boombox or a juke box, unspools in a series of flashbacks, dream-sequences, and flash-forwards. The resulting through-story is a mobius strip rather than a straight line. We meet and get to know six New Yorkers the night before their rendezvous’ with destiny not in a taxicab like their Auden-esque forbears, but in an Italian Restaurant in New York’s Little Italy. First Production: Ganz Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Fall 2019
AN OPERA IN THE FORM OF A MASS
Opera speaks Truth to Power. The Catholic Mass is the Original (and probably the best) Opera. Our plan is to overlay an adaptation of Mr. Rolf Hochhuth's trenchant, searing play over a celebration of the Mass. The musical structure will therefore be based on the organization of the Mass (with a large, mixed choir performing it) and the dramaturgical structure of the play will function "over" and "between" the Mass as it is sung in Latin, as recitatives over the Latin, and as arias (called Tropes in musicalizations) between Mass movements.
Since the Opera will take place in one setting, with asides for cutaway action and scenes, the Opera will be equally successful both in concert and fully-staged versions, rendering the Opera more viable, and therefore more easily produced.
A PRESTIDIGITATION IN ONE ACT
AVAILABLE: October 2017
The New Mercury Collective and Fifth House Ensemble teams up with American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award-winning composer Daron Hagen in the creation of a contemporary opera that tells the story of Orson Welles’s life. By summoning the spirits of Depression-Era America, the WPA, the Mercury Theater, and nascent Fascism Worldwide, Orson reminds us as 21st Century American citizens who we are, how advances in civil liberty and gender and racial equality currently in danger of being rolled back by those fearful of change can be fought for. Cast of six singers, and an instrumental ensemble that moves and acts. An accordion-shaped opera whose cast and scale can be as elaborate or as small as each producer wishes, and which may be performed in any space. First Production: O'Malley Theater, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Fall 2018