Amelia Vocal Score


Amelia Vocal Score


A Two Act Opera in Six Scenes

Libretto by Gardner McFall | Music by Daron Hagen

Story by Stephen Wadsworth

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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 this original story unfolding over a 30-year period beginning in 1966. Amelia interweaves one woman's emotional journey, the American experience in Vietnam, and elements of the Daedalus and Icarus myth to explore man's fascination with flight and the dilemmas that arise when vehicles of flight are used for exploration, adventure, and war. With an intensely personal libretto by American poet Gardner McFall, whose father was a Navy pilot lost during Vietnam, this new American opera moves from loss to recuperation, paralysis to flight, as the protagonist, Amelia, ultimately embraces her life and the creative force of love and family.

With a synopsis. Commissioned by the Seattle Opera. Premiered in May, 2010. Libretto by Gardner McFall, based on a story by Stephen Wadsworth. The action takes place in the United States and Vietnam between 1965 and 1996. Duration ca. 110 minutes. Learn more here.

  • 1 vocal score (242 p.); 31 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Burning Sled Music
  • ISBN: 0615333680
  • ISBN13: 9780615333687
  • UPC: 978061533368