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: 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

Music: May 17, 2021 - NYC - location tba

CAST:

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

Sister 4: Soprano                    Sister 5:  Mezzo-Soprano

Sister 6: Soubrette                  Sister 7:  Coloratura Soprano

Mina/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

2020 WINNER

OPERA America's Opera Grant for

Female Composers Seven Sisters

BREAKING NEWS:
Join me on ACF's ICAREIFYOULISTEN.tv March 12, 2-3 PM ET!  I'll be chatting with Or Matthias and Izzi Ramkissoon about SWELL (See below)
March 17-21: Melisa Tien's SWELL!
 
April 2021: ALT live performance(!) of an excerpt from The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing.

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Conductor: Lidiya Yankovskaya

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