Opera Libretti

Phony (David Brown) 2019 

About: A couple sits down to dinner and discovers the ways in which their gross reliance and overuse of technology has destroyed their blossoming relationship -- or never allowed it to fully form in the first place. In this micro-opera for two voices and cameo, Phony explores the ways in which technology has harmed our ability to connect, as well as sustain a deeply meaningful, and truly human relationship with the person who should feel the closest to us. 

 

Performance:

-House Music Philadelphia, May 2019, presented as part of the ADDICTION double-bill

Potentialite (Music by Roger A. Martinez) 2019 

About: Mel, a 25-year-old physical scientist living alone in a highrise apartment building, is at the end of her wits, and seeks desperate measures to end her life. She encounters her doppelganger in an elevator, who draws upon her knowledge of the law of potential energy in order to save her life.

 

Performance:

ENA Ensemble, July 2019, presented as part of Serial Opera series, #5

Conductor: Evan Kassof ; Mel 1: Brenna Markey, Soprano; Mel 2: Katie Procell, Soprano;

Flute: Chelsea Meynig; Viola: Jennifer Boorum; Vibraphone: Andrew Henry

Audio Recorded by Michael Shingo Crawford,  Video by Robert Hedges-Goettl

Ripples (Seeking Composer) 2019 

About: A grandmother and granddaughter, both artists, reflect on the ways that artists see the world and feel the passion and burden of being a creative, as well as exploring ideas of immortality through their work. The grandmother, who is terminally ill, reflects what it means to leave a legacy. This work offers unique perspective from a life well-lived, and the importance of knowing one’s self-worth aside from anyone else’s recognition.

 

Adaptations

The Coffee Cantata, BWV 211 (Bach) 2019

(adaptation and re-orchestration by Alize)

About: In this modern adaptation, Alize transforms the primary character relationship entirely to that of a hip, urban couple fighting over coffee addiction and cafe expenditures, rather than a father and daughter. Linguistically, the libretto respects German vowel choices and stresses which Bach set musically, offering a playfully hilarious English-language setting which captures the spirit and nature of Bach's original work, while providing modern audiences a scenario with which they can more fully relate. The big question is: does she ditch coffee, or the man?

 

Performances:

-House Music Philadelphia, May 2019, presented as part of the ADDICTION double-bill

-Alter Ego Chamber Opera, September 2019, presented as part of the OPERATIC ADDICTIONS double-bil at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. (Performance video above!)

Pierrot Lunaire (Schönberg) 2015 (translation/adaptation)

About: Utilizes German text which Schönberg set, by Otto Erich Hartleben, while paying tribute to original source poetry by Albert Giraud, to create a fantastical, visceral, modern English-language performance option. 

 

Performances:

-Curtis Institute of Music and Duende Ensemble, (Alize Rozsnyai as Singer), at the Kimmel Center Innovation Studio, December 2015

-ENA Ensemble (selections), Philadelphia February 2019

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