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.

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

Music: May 17, 2021 - NYC - location tba

CAST:

Sister 1: Dramatic Soprano    Sister 2: Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano

Sister 4: Lyric Soprano            Sister 5: Lyric Mezzo-Soprano

Sister 6: Soubrette                  Sister 7/ Cousin M: Coloratura

Philomel/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:
We are gearing up for our SEVEN SISTERS Libretto Workshop! So exciting to have these phenomenal actresses and brilliant Aya Ogawa, Plato Seto, and Kathy Ng aboard!
We are so excited to be selected for WEST EDGE OPERA'S Aperture Portfolio!!  Come and join the exciting world of new opera!
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