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Philomel

dramatic song cycle

 

EXCERPT - V. Tereus Chases the Sisters (03:07)


music and text by Justine F. Chen (inspired by Ovid's Metamorphoses)
Performed live by Jennifer Zetlan, David Shimoni/piano.



 

synopsis:
Philomel is raped and locked away in a hut with her tongue cut out by her treacherous brother-in-law Tereus.  After sending a tapestry she had woven telling the terrible story to her sister Procne, Philomel is rescued by Procne, and they exact revenge on Tereus by killing his son, Itys, and cooking Itys to feed to Tereus.  When Tereus discovers that he has eaten Itys, he grabs his sword and chases after the sisters, who run to the forest, then are transformed into a nightingale and swallow, while Tereus gets transformed into a hoopoe, a bird that nests in its own feces.



 

Philomel was premiered by Jennifer Zetlan and David Shimoni at the Church of Christ and St. Stephen in New York City at the Marilyn Horne Foundation concert series On Wings of Song, March 8, 2009.  In 2010, a septet version that premiered in Oregon was created for Lucy Shelton and Beta Collide, and premiered in New York in 2012 with Jennifer Zetlan, the Queens Symphony Orchestra, and Constantine Kitsopoulos.  Click here for program notes.

JUSTINE F. CHEN

COMPOSER AND VIOLINIST

BREAKING NEWS:
SO EXCITED to announce the long-awaited WORLD PREMIERE production of my opera with librettist David Simpatico, THE LIFE AND DEATH(S) OF ALAN TURING!! March 23, 25, 26 2023!
Get your tickets here!


TREMENDOUS GRATITUDE to the amazing, wondrous performers in our workshop of SEVEN SISTERS at Manhattan School of Music 4/8/22!

BRAVI to the terrific students of UMD's prestigious School of Music and Maryland Opera Studio, in their phenomenal performances of my residency concert
2/12/22!!

THANK YOU to THE Divine CROSSING
and Donald Nally performing the world premiere of my SHALLOW BREATH AND STEALTH on WRTI.ORG 12/19/21!

 

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