I have two viable works in the operatic genre, but for now, only my chamber opera on O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi
is available because of delays in getting copyright license on the text I used as a libretto for the other, a
15-minute monodrama for soprano and orchestra setting a text from Euripides' Medea.
The license has now been secured and after the recording is finished next June, I
will be able to make the monodrama available (see preview below).
Since O. Henry's stories are all in the Public Domain, copyright has not been an
issue for the other work, and I am happy to offer this 30-minute single-act
chamber opera for 2 singers and chamber orchestra, one of my
personal favorites among my many compositions.
THE GIFT OF THE MAGI
Chamber Opera in One Act
Duration: 31:00 (excluding 2 scene changes)
Vocal Score Price: $25.00
Orchestra Set Price: $125.00
Publisher: Dacker Music
Soprano, Baritone, Chamber Orchestra | Libretto by Nancy Grobe after the short story by O. Henry
The Gift of the Magi is a chamber opera in one act that tells the beloved story — first published by O. Henry in 1905 — of a young married couple who, despite being very poor, sacrifice their most cherished possessions to demonstrate their love for one another. It is a heartbreaking, yet ultimately uplifting story of love and sacrifice.
Read more about The Gift of the Magi
Recording by Bree Nichols, soprano and Pavol Kubáň, baritone with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiří Petrdlík, conductor
Released on the album The Gift of the Magi by Navona Records
Coming Next Summer
The Torment of Medea
A Monodrama for Soprano and Orchestra
Based on a scene from the MEDEA of Euripides