On May 6 2018, Experiments in Opera premiered And Here We Are, the new shadow puppet opera from co-founder Matthew Welch, with libretto by Daniel Neer. This 90-minute work for 4 vocal soloists and mixed ensemble was staged using an updated take on traditional Javanese shadow puppetry and will feature Welch’s long-time ensemble Blarvuster with Mantra Percussion. And Here We Are is based on the memoirs of Matthew’s great uncle Edgar, and is being developed with director and designer Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew.
Level, a chamber opera for mezzo-soprano, tenor, flute, piano, cello, bass and percussion, 10 minutes. Premiered by Experiments in Opera at Symphony Space May 5-6, 2017.
Comala’s Song (2016)
Comala’s Song, a mono-drama for soprano and septet, 17 minutes. Premiered April 12, Scandinavia House, NYC, commissioned for Ensemble neoN by Ultima Festival (Oslo) and MATA Festival 2016.
Barbarella – an opera film trailer for mezzo-soprano, narrator, electronics and video. An opera as film trailer modeled on the 1968 film Barbarella. 3 minutes.
ReAnimator Requiem (2013)
ReAnimator Requiem– for choir (ssaattbb), electric guitar, bass guitar and drums (Blarvuster), 30 minutes, one act.
The Three Truths (2012)
The Three Truths, a Robot Micro-Opera, 8 minutes. Anne Rhodes and Jeffrey Gavett soloists, Paolo Bortolameolli conducting.
Borges and the Other (2007-2012)
Borges and the Other is scored for 4 solo singers (2 mezzo-sopranos, tenor and baritone) and SATB chorus, and an expanded version of Blarvuster as the orchestra, and can be performed as an 85 minute 2-Act opera or 3 separable sub-acts each roughly 25-30 minutes.
The opera is about the Argentine fiction writer Jorge Luis Borges, with text adapted and inspired by Borges. The Opera centers on Borges meeting himself in a dream, and through inquisitive dialogue, it becomes a surreal look at the self. The Chorus functions like a Greek chorus with contemplative text. All of the singers and choristers represent Borges as an idea and image. Produced by Experiments in Opera and premiered at Roulette, NYC, May 2012.