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SEVEN SISTERS, a chamber opera

Music: Justine F. Chen

Libretto: Stephanie Fleischmann

Director: Aya Ogawa

Dramaturg: Cori Ellison                  Seven Sisters Videos

Music Director: Kelly Kuo                            Short Trailer                                                                  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; Chinese 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?


Libretto: 10.28.2020 - ZOOM

 - Libretto Reading Workshop Preview available upon request

Piano Vocal: 4.08.2022 - NYC - Manhattan School of Music

 - PV workshop available upon request


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.

one sheet summary       perusal pv score        5-minute Promo



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