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The War Bride is a short opera by Nathan Felix that follows a WWII bride, Jean Groundsell Contreras, from Britain as she faces new challenges as an immigrant in the USA in the 1940’s. Performed live at Timucua in Orlando on Dec 10 2021.


Felix's latest opera, No. 5 based on the life of Coco Chanel is due to be staged this October.
There was actually a melody when I checked randomly somwhere in the 2/3 of time.
 

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JOHN ADAMS | The Gospel According to the Other Mary (opera-oratorio) (2013)



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The Gospel According to the Other Mary is an opera-oratorio by the American composer John Adams. The world premiere took place on May 31, 2012, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic who also premiered the staged version on March 7, 2013, at the same venue.

The work focuses on the final few weeks of the life of Jesus, including his passion, from the point of view of "the other Mary", Mary of Bethany (sometimes mis-identified as Mary Magdalene), her sister Martha, and her brother, Lazarus. The libretto by Peter Sellars draws its texts from the Old Testament and New Testament of the Bible and from Rosario Castellanos, Rubén Darío, Dorothy Day, Louise Erdrich, Hildegard von Bingen, June Jordan, and Primo Levi.


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Chunky in Heat (2019)


In the fiction writer A. M. Homes’s first opera libretto, “Chunky in Heat,” a teen-ager named Cheryl—who was nicknamed Chunky as a child, after her fondness for the candy bar—lives life in a bathing suit by the pool of her dysfunctional family’s Los Angeles home. The literalism of the title is a sleight of hand: there’s sex with boys, but the "heat" is really the hot haze of the city that blankets Cheryl’s consciousness and makes it difficult for her to act, even as her family members die off in traumatizing and bizarre ways. Six different composers—Jason Cady, Paula Matthusen, Erin Rogers, Aaron Siegel, Shelley Washington, and Matthew Welch—set Homes’s dark comedy to music, compounding its strangeness. Presented by Experiments in Opera, the production stars Sarah Daniels and features the chamber ensemble Contemporaneous; Alison Moritz directs.

— Oussama Zahr (
The New Yorker)
 
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