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Griselda e il marchese di Saluzzo (2010)
operatic scene from Giovanni Boccaccio's "The Decameron"
Libretto by Karen Saillant
Commissioned by the American Composers Forum for International Opera Theater.

For four singers (S-MS-T-Bar), small women's chorus and seven instrumentalists (fl, ob, cl, vln, vcl, perc., pno)
Premiered November 12-14, 2010 at The Prince Theater, Philadelphia, PA.

15 minutes, part of an evening-length collaboration on books from The Decameron.

   

Korczak's Orphans (2009)
Opera in three acts with a libretto by Susan Gubernat

For ensemble cast, children's chorus, and orchestra
(2 (picc)-2 (eng. hn.)-2 (bs. cl.)-2 (cbn), 4-2-2-1, harp, 3 perc., timp, strings)

2 hours.

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"The music of Act II, performed complete, was pulsing, glitteringly orchestrated and harmonically pungent... The work is already capable of reaching people, to judge from the enthusiasm of the audience."
(The New York Times)

   

A.W.O.L. (Le Colonel des Zouaves) (2005)
Full-length play by by Olivier Cadiot, with original choruses by Adam Silverman. Performed in English adaptation by Marion Schoevaert.

Produced by In Parentheses Theater Company. Translator: Cole Swensen. Theater adaptation: Marion Schoevaert. Director: Marion Schoevaert. Actor: Steven Rattazzi. Chorus: Choeur d'Hommes (Jonathan Babcock, conductor). The commission of A.W.O.L. was made possible with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts, a state agency.

For solo actor and 12-member onstage chorus.

1 hour.

"Startlingly beautiful chorales" (Time Out New York)

   

Brundibar (2004)
Story with speech and song to the book by Maurice Sendak and Tony Kushner (2004), after the opera by Hans Krása and Adolf Hoffmeister

For soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and ensemble (flute/picc., oboe/Eng. Hn., alto sax, bassoon, percussion, piano, viola, and contrabass). Sung and spoken parts may be performed by members of the ensemble. In The Night Kitchen was commissioned by Relâche, Inc. for the Relâche Ensemble with the generous support of the Philadelphia Music Project, a program of The Pew Charitable Trusts, administered by Settlement Music School.

15 minutes, suitable for young audiences.

   

In The Night Kitchen (2004)
Story with speech and song to the book by Maurice Sendak (1970)

For soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and ensemble (flute/picc., oboe, clarinet, bassoon, percussion, piano, viola, and contrabass). Sung and spoken parts may be performed by members of the ensemble. Brundibar was commissioned by Relâche, Inc. for the Relâche Ensemble with the generous support of the Philadelphia Music Project, a program of The Pew Charitable Trusts, administered by Settlement Music School.

5 minutes, suitable for young audiences.