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Jeanne (2009)  75 min. (in progress)

coloratura soprano, bass (also singing falsetto), tenor, mezzo, baritone; full orchestra



The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing

BEST WORLD PREMIERE 2023 - Chicago Tribune

ca. 110 min.

text by David Simpatico​

lyric baritone, leggiero tenor, lyric tenor, coloratura soprano, mezzo-soprano, SATB chorus;

full orchestra (32-person)

Commissioned by American Lyric Theater

World Premiere: March 2023

Watch a Video Excerpt COT 2019

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The Maiden Tower (2005)  40 min.
solo bass, solo soprano, solo tenor, actress; fl/picc, B-flat cl., fh, harp, piano, percussion (plus timpani), 2 vns, va, vc, db; computer electronics, quadraphonic speaker set-up



Three, Two, One- BANG! (2008) 25 min.
​youth opera based on Macbeth
sung roles: 2 sop., 2 mezzo, 1 tenor, 1 baritone; spoken roles: 2 males and 2 males or females;
string quartet + piano

Commissioned by Long Leaf Opera, 2008


The Dragon (2010) 50 min.
children's opera based on the tale by R. Akutagawa
soprano, mezzo, tenor, bass, optional chorus and piano; also orchestrated: 3 flutists + percussion

Commissioned by North Carolina Opera

Seven Sisters (in progress) 90 min.

Text by Stephanie Fleischmann

4 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, 1 spinto

Watch a Video Sample: aria "Childless"

Watch a 5 min promo

TWA  [working title] - IN PROGRESS

Based on Twa Sisters, the ballad

Text by Jacqueline Goldfinger

read about the first workshop

JUSTINE F. CHEN

COMPOSER AND VIOLINIST

BREAKING NEWS:
BEST WORLD PREMIERE 2023!
Our "Fantastical, evocative, and nuanced" opera THE LIFE AND DEATH(S) OF ALAN TURING was just named BEST WORLD PREMIERE of 2023 by Chicago Tribune today! Thank you, David Simpatico, Chicago Opera Theater, and American Lyric Theater!!!!

THE CROSSING CD release our creation SHALLOW BREATH AND STEALTH! APRIL 2024!

Check out my spotify track for Mighty Matt Haimovitz's extraordinary performance of IRIDESCENT GEST!


SAVE THE DATE:
March 25, 2024 - THE FORUM, Columbia's gorgeous concert venue! The Harlem Chamber Players will be performing my string quartet
6:30 PM! Come join us!


THANK YOU to the cast and crew of THE LIFE AND DEATH(S) OF ALAN TURING!!  Chicago Tribune  COT Interview Out Chicago
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