July 25, 2019

Philosophy and purpose of “Imogen” 

(SPOILERS for a 400 year old play)

I don’t remember the first time I thought “I want to write an opera.” As a composer who loves writing for the voice and a classical singer myself, it’s been an idea percolating in the back of my mind for decades. I remember being dissatisfied with so many traditional opera plots where the females are helpless or mad or the subject of violence. I contrasted those misogynistic stories with stories I’d like to tell with my music,...

Last week we announced the New Moon Opera 2019-2020 Season, and it is an exciting one!  This season we have the opportunity to work with a living composer on their new opera based on Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline.”  We decided to pair that workshop performance with another ensemble show, L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells) by Maurice Ravel for our spring full production.  One amazing thing about both of these works is that they feature a large number of roles for soprano a...

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