Seven Sisters

chamber opera

Text: 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.

Framed by the ritual of a Taiwanese funeral, threaded through with a myth of the Pleiades reimagined, this boldly theatrical, sharply comic opera looks at the hard truths of a family rooted in a culture that demeans and disempowers women. How does the next generation—now Taiwanese-American—move beyond this legacy, bridging the fallout of a cultural chasm that privileges silence?

WORKSHOPS:

Libretto: October 2020 - ZOOM - location tba

Music: May 17, 2021 - NYC - location tba

CAST:

Sister 1: Dramatic Soprano

Sister 2: Lyric Soprano

Sister 4: Contralto

Sister 5: Mezzo-Soprano

Sister 6: Coloratura

Sister 7/ Cousin M: Soubrette

Philomel: Spinto

ORCHESTRATION:

3 vln/ 3 va/ 3 vc/ 1 db/ 1 perc

[bass drum, whip, temple bowls, tuned glasses]



JUSTINE F. CHEN

COMPOSER AND VIOLINIST

2020 WINNER

OPERA America's Opera Grant for

Female Composers Seven Sisters

RECENT EVENTS:
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