Works by Andrew Gerle, Lucy Thurber, et al. Part of City Opera's VOX Contemporary American Opera Lab
Inspired by recent events in France, The Beach, with music by Gerle and a libretto by Vavrek, focuses on the abuse of a wealthy older man by his much-younger wife, who has locked him away in the confines of the laundry room to escape the stress of her husband's onset of Alzheimer's. Faustine, with a score by Sierra and words by Thurber, is an adaptation of Emma Tennant's book of the same name, and reworks the Faust legend to explore the power of a consumer-oriented desire for eternal youth and beauty.
In addition to these two works, the presentation on May 14 will include selections from All Three Acts of a Sad Play Performed Entirely in Bed, with music by Dag Gabrielsen and libretto by Julie Larios; Mary Shelley, with music by Allan Jaffe and a libretto by Deborah Atherton; Sun Yat-Sen, with music by Huang Ruo and a libretto by Candice Chong; and Vinkensport, with music by David T. Little and a libretto by Vavrek.
On May 15, selections from an additional four operas will be performed including: Hannah Lash's Blood Rose, Paola Prestini and Donna DiNovelli's De Deo, Jeff Myers and Vavrek's Maren of Vardo, and Yoav Gal and Reuven Namdar's Three Weeks.