For the first time in the series, operas by the Pulitizer Prize-winning William Bolcom, Jake Heggie (the lauded composer of the opera Dead Man Walking), Davide Zannoni and Mike McFerron will be presented. Opera Shorts composers Tom Cipullo, Marie Incontrera, Anne Dinsmore Phillips, Patrick Soluri and Remarkable Theater Brigade co-founder artistic director Christian McLeer will also present their own 10 minute operas. Over the course of its three seasons, Opera Shorts has presented works by some of the finest composers of our time, including John Corigliano, Tania Leon, Mark Adamo and Seymour Barab.
Like past seasons, this year's line-up is pretty eclectic. The Heggie piece, Again, is especially intriguing. Heggie offers a creepy behind-the-scenes look at television's iconic Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel as their lives are consumed by their TV show. It's all quite believable and in character for the masterful Heggie and the magnificent job he did in portraying Sister Helen Prejean and the murderer Joseph De Rocher in Dead Man Walking.
Some recommended albums by Opera Shorts composers:
William Bolcom: Songs of Innocence and Experience
Jake Heggie: Passing By, Songs by Jake Heggie
Long Island Songs by Tom Cipullo, George Brunner, Anne Dinsmore Phillips,