Photo Credit: Steven Laxton
SEVEN SISTERS, a chamber opera
Music: Justine F. Chen
Libretto: Stephanie Fleischmann
Director: Aya Ogawa
GRANTS: 2021 OPERA America's New Works Exploration
2020 OPERA America's Opera Grants for Female Composers
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 Reading Workshop Preview available upon request
- 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.
JUSTINE F. CHEN
COMPOSER AND VIOLINIST
Check out my Know Them Now video on YouTube! Thanks, BMI!
SO EXCITED to announce the long-awaited WORLD PREMIERE of my opera with librettist David Simpatico, THE LIFE AND DEATH(S) OF ALAN TURING!! March 23 & 25 2023! Get your tickets here!
THANK YOU to the INDIE OPERA PODCAST for a delightful interview! Check it out here!
LETTER TO OUR CHILDREN won BEST MUSIC VIDEO for this year's Paris Shorts Film Awards! and is an OFFICIAL SELECTION for this year's GOLDEN BRIDGE ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL. This opera film is a part of the Decameron Opera Coalition's "HEROES", still available for streaming here!
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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