Photo Credit: Steven Laxton
SEVEN SISTERS, a chamber opera
Music: Justine F. Chen
Libretto: Stephanie Fleischmann
Director: Aya Ogawa
Dramaturg: Cori Ellison
Music Director: Lidiya Yankovskaya
GRANTS: 2020 OPERA America's Opera Grants for Female Composers, supported by Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
An unflinching, epic, funny exploration of the dysfunctions of family and the fallout of growing up Taiwanese-American. Juxtaposing the intensely personal with the sweeping presence of the universal, this boldly theatrical new chamber opera veers from the sublime awkwardness of caustic satire to wildly lyrical moments of emotional expansion, weaving together sounds ranging from the glamour of old Hollywood to Taiwanese folk music; Peking Opera; kinetic, pulse-racing rhythms; and a haunting emotional resonance rooted in the timeless struggle for agency and voice. Framed by the ritual of a Taiwanese funeral, and threaded through with the myth of the Pleiades reimagined, Seven Sisters looks at the hard truths of a culture that demeans and disempowers women and asks: How does the next generation move beyond this legacy, bridging a cultural chasm that privileges silence?
Oct. 23-28, 2020 - ZOOM - private
*Excerpts of Libretto Workshop Available upon Request.*
Stage Manager: Plato Seto
The development of SEVEN SISTERS received funding from OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers Program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
JUSTINE F. CHEN
COMPOSER AND VIOLINIST
THRILLED to be featured by the phenomenal Fleur Barron in Aural Compass' Lunar New Year Celebration on Feb 7 in Phoenix, AZ! Click here for more info!
LOOKING FORWARD to my residency at UMD's prestigious School of Music and Maryland Opera Studio, February 2022!
CONGRATULATIONS to THE Divine CROSSING and Donald Nally performing the world premiere of my SHALLOW BREATH AND STEALTH on WRTI.ORG 12/19!
So Excited for our workshop of SEVEN SISTERS at Manhattan School of Music this Spring! Save the Date! 4/8/22!
CONGRATULATIONS to Kara and Peter Dugan on their hilarious performance of my song Quarantine B*tch: R. S. V. P. at WQXR's 85th Birthday Celebration at The Greene Space on 12/5/21. Streaming now here!
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