Music by Matteo Manzitti
Libretto by Daniela Morelli
Project by Federica Santambrogio
An opera in one act for five cellos
Deeply explores the struggle of living a life with stereotypes and norms, the endless search for freedom, and
the challenge of finding one’s place in the world. This work covers a wide range of topics: love and death,
gender identity and outing, passion, anguish and, above all, the desire to be, ultimately, deeply ourselves.
In collaboration with The Center LGBT Community Center, NY
Purewater is set in a small, upper Midwestern town during the Dust Bowl. A minister falls in love with a
blind young woman, Clara, he sheltered, but so does his son. The story deals with the idea of blindness;
although Clara is evidently blind physically, the pastor himself is blind in his morality, seemingly unaware of
the full extent of his sinfulness in his obsession for Clara.
National Opera Center, NY
A Sweet Silence in Cremona
A Sweet Silence in Cremona is inspired by an event in recent history when the mayor of the Italian city
imposed a moratorium on urban noise while the Museum of Violins painstakingly recorded some of its
renowned string instruments for posterity. The story imagines four human lives—and one canine—that
reside near the museum and are affected by this moratorium in ways both comic and touching. These
disparate lives are connected by Yassine, an immigrant youth from Tunisia who delivers flowers and a
message to the building’s residents.
A Danger to Us All: Typhoid Mary
Music by Amy Ziff & Peter Kiesewalter
Libretto by Amy Ziff
A chamber Pop-Opera based on a true story
A Danger to Us All: Typhoid Mary is the true story of Mary Mallon, a poor Irish immigrant who came to New
York City, alone in 1883, when she was only fourteen years old. While cooking for a very prominent family one
summer in Oyster Bay, Mary Mallon was discovered to be one of the first “healthy carriers” of typhoid, and
was sent away against her will to be isolated in quarantine to North Brother Island for a total of 26 years,
where she eventually died. The story holds relevance for a myriad of issues polarizing our society today,
including the ongoing plight of immigrants, the status of women, the authority of government and health
officials, the anti-vaxer movement, class struggles, and the power of the press.
We, The Innumerable
Music by Niloufar Nourbakhsh
Libretto by Lisa Flanagan
A chamber opera in one act
We, The Innumerable is inspired by true events from the Green movement in Iran and highlights the power of
individual voices in times of oppression and violence. The piece tells a story of a divided nation rocked by
protests and the choices people make in the face of injustice. The music merges classical Iranian modes with
classical instruments, integrating authentic Iranian instruments into a European-derived form. In 2019 We, The
Innumerable received the Discovery Grant from Opera America for the female composers program.