OPERAS IN DEVELOPMENT
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“These people are among us, but not of us.”
The true story of eleven Sicilian dockworkers accused of a crime, tried, acquitted, and then lynched during the 1890s in New Orleans. The first Stateside stirrings of the mafia, post-reconstruction tensions, and racism underpin a parable about faith, social responsibility, and self-betterment.
“To the destruction of what is.”
An enigmatic French anarchist dies when the bomb he is carrying explodes prematurely; his presumed target, the Royal Observatory in Greenwich - the international standard of time and space on the planet. Told through non-linear, tales which intersect and mirror each other in simultaneous - and parallel - times and spaces, this piece examines the ripple effect of actions both attempted and accomplished.
“I am lost to the world.”
Two people meet in a support group for the dead. They are struggling with the knowledge that they are very much alive, while the world around them believes that they are dead, and would prefer that they stay that way. They come to understand that in order to move on with their lives, they must accept their deaths.
An opera for young audiences
“It's my debut - and I am FREAKING OUT!”
Wracked with stage fright over her operatic debut, a singer desperately tries to stop the performance so she won’t have to sing her show-ending aria. In her attempts to stop the opera, she pleads with the composer, the conductor and orchestra, the stage manager and crew, even the prompter and the supertitles operator, all of whom push the opera to its conclusion.