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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 (in production)

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

Watch a Video Excerpt COT 2019

 

Splintered  (in progress)

text: Lila Palmer; co-composer: Jorge Sosa

Commissioned: American Lyric Theater and Opera Saratoga

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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

JUSTINE F. CHEN

COMPOSER AND VIOLINIST

BREAKING NEWS:
Gearing up for
my upcoming workshop with Maryland Opera Studio for their New Work Reading: a new opera with librettist Jacqueline Goldfinger! TWA - Feb 17, 2023!

Thrilled to announce the world premiere of Iridescent Gest, my piece for the mighty Matt Haimovitz at the Israel Conservatory of Music! 
 2/28/23

GET YOUR TICKETS 
to the long-awaited WORLD PREMIERE of my opera with librettist David Simpatico, THE LIFE AND DEATH(S) OF ALAN TURING!! COT, and director Peter Rothstein and Maestra Lidiya Yankovskaya! March 23 & 25 2023! Tickets here! ALT Tour info here!

Check out my Know Them Now video on YouTube! Thanks, BMI!

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