Operas

  • The Royal Singer, a chamber opera in one act for children, 2015. Libretto by Nathalie Anderson, after a scenario by Stephen Russell.

Scene 2: Professor Song (Kimaya Diggs) tells of the long ago time when she did not succeed at the competition to become the Royal Singer.

The Royal Singer: Scene 2 aria audio excerpt

Finale: the Royal Chorus embraces the joy of singing together.

The Royal Singer: Finale audio excerpt

 

 

  • Prologue, Ciappelleto’s Scene, and Interludes for Decameron, a chamber opera after Boccaccio, 2010. Libretto by Karen Saillant.

 

  • A Scandal in Bohemia: chamber opera in two acts, after a story by A. Conan Doyle, 2008. Libretto by Nathalie Anderson.

Setting: London, 1880’s.  After discretely following the singer Irene Adler through the streets of London, Sherlock Holmes is unexpectedly pressed into service as a witness as she is married to her lawyer, Godfrey Norton.

Audio excerpt from A Scandal in Bohemia: Act I, Wedding Quartet

  • Sukey in the Dark: chamber opera in one act, 2001; revised 2016. Libretto by Nathalie Anderson.

 

  • The Black Swan, chamber opera in two acts after the novella by Thomas Mann; 1996. Libretto by Nathalie Anderson.

Setting: Düsseldorf, Germany, 1920’s.  Rosalie von Tümmler, her daughter Anna, and Ken Keaton, a young American, admire the famous swans in the moat at Holterhof castle.  Later, while exploring the ruins, Rosalie and Ken find each other in a kiss.

Audio excerpt from The Black Swan, Act II, scene ii: I Trio

Audio excerpt from The Black Swan, Act II, scene ii: The Kiss