A-Ma as a child, with her mother and aunts
A-Ma as a child, with her mother and aunts

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Composer: Justine F. Chen
Composer: Justine F. Chen

Photo Credit: Steven Laxton

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A-Ma as a child, with her mother and aunts
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SEVEN SISTERS, a chamber opera

Music: Justine F. Chen

Libretto: Stephanie Fleischmann

Director: Aya Ogawa

Dramaturg: Cori Ellison

Music Director: Lidiya Yankovskaya

                                       Video of Aria "Childless"

GRANTS: 2021 OPERA America's New Works Exploration

2020 OPERA America's Opera Grants for Female Composers

2020  WEST EDGE OPERA'S Aperture Portfolio

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?

WORKSHOPS:

Libretto: Oct. 23-28, 2020 - ZOOM - private

 - Libretto Reading Workshop Preview available upon request

Small Piano Vocal: April, 2022 - NYC - Manhattan School of Music

CAST:

Sister 1: Lyric Soprano           Sister 2:  Lyric Mezzo-Soprano

Sister 4: Soprano                    Sister 5:  Mezzo-Soprano

Sister 6: Soubrette                  Sister 7:  Coloratura Soprano

Maggie/Young Matriarch: Spinto

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

The development of SEVEN SISTERS received funding from OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers Program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

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JUSTINE F. CHEN

COMPOSER AND VIOLINIST

BREAKING NEWS:
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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