Principal Roles (9 Singers)


DAVID HENNESSY (Baritone) – New Orleans Chief of Police. Assasinated October 16, 1890. 

MARGARET HENNESSY (Soprano) – David Hennessy’s widowed mother.


IANIA ROMA (Soprano) – A Sicilian immigrant in New Orleans. 


EMMANUELLE POLIZZI (Tenor) – a Sicilian immigrant in New Orleans, one of many accused for the murder of Hennessy. Iania's husband.

MAMA ROMA (Mezzo-soprano) – Iania’s mother; the family’s matriarch.


ZIA FRANCESCA (Mezzo-soprano) – Iania’s maternal aunt.


CATARINA ROMA (Coloratura Soprano) – Iania’s younger sister. 

BILL O’CONNOR (Tenor) –  Representative of “Law,” a superintendent of a private detective force employed by the ruling classes of the city. 


WILLIAM PARKERSON (Bass-Baritone) – Representative of “Order.” Wealthy and influential New Orleanian. 

Ensemble (flexible size; minimum of four singers (SATB)

Sicilian Immigrants,  police officers, the every-day residents of New Orleans, as well as the ruling Elite. The Ensemble serves in the traditional choral role, in comprimario roles, and as supernumeraries.    

The Ensemble can consist of as few as four singers, or multiplied as space and necessity allows. 

Flexible orchestrations options
  • "New Orleans Traditional" (clarinet, trumpet, trombone, guitar/banjo, piano, contrabass, vibes and trap kit) 
  • Chamber orchestra -, git/bjo, pno/kbd, vibes, traps, string quintet
  • Full pit orchestration -, git/bjo, pno/kbd, vibes, traps, str.) 
Ten years after the incidents depicted in this opera (and in the same city),  Jazz was born from a mixture of African, Caribbean, and European musics. The soundworld of the opera reflects the swirling (sometimes conflicting) cultural influences that underpin not only the clash of cultures that led to this tragedy, but also the musical identity of America at the time - strained and combative, unique and beautiful.