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Opera | STACY GARROP • COMPOSER

Opera



OPERAS
THE TRANSFORMATION OF JANE DOE (90’)
soprano, 2 mezzo-sopranos, tenor, baritone, bass-baritone, and optional supernumerary child
7-instrument ensemble
Libretto by Jerre Dye
Synopsis: It’s New Year’s Eve in Chicago, 1919. Just before the stroke of midnight, an anonymous woman leaps from the rooftop of a downtown hotel. The next morning, a young reporter named Abigail lands her first, major story, uncovering the identity of this mysterious jumper. The deeper Abigail descends into the complexity of Jane Doe’s story, the closer she comes to unearthing her own personal truth. THE TRANSFORMATION OF JANE DOE is an opera about truth, illusion, and one woman’s journey in a rapidly changing world.

WHAT MAGIC REVEALS (17’30")
soprano, 2 mezzo-sopranos, tenor, baritone, bass-baritone, piano
Libretto by Jerre Dye
Synopsis: In 1908, a young girl and her father go to a magic show in Chicago, where there’s more to the act than meets the eye.

MONODRAMAS
MEDITATION FOR THE INNER STORM (5')
a vocalise to quell the inner anxiety of the outer world
Available versions for:
• soprano or tenor, to be self-accompanied with a singing bowl or water glass. Either is to be pitched to F.
• mezzo-soprano or baritone; to be self-accompanied with a singing bowl or water glass. Either is to be pitched to D.

Synopsis
: A singer attempts to gain inner calm while experiencing momentary outbursts of anxiety.

THE GOTH CHAPTERS (15’)
mezzo-soprano, violin, cello, piano
Libretto by Jerre Dye
Synopsis: A 30-year old goth fan girl moves through the exhilarating stages of a tempestuous love affair.

ARIAS & DUETS
All are available as Piano-Vocal scores, suitable for concert performance. Ordering information is coming soon.

Hello, City (3')
• Aria for soprano (Abigail)
• From
The Transformation of Jane Doe
• Synopsis: Chicago, January 1, 1920. Abigail greets the dawn of New Year's Day in the city that she loves.

If Only from scenes 2 and 9 (2'45" per duet; 5'30" total duration)
• Two duets for soprano (Abigail) and baritone (Oskar)
• From
The Transformation of Jane Doe
• Synopsis: Chicago, January 1, 1920. Oskar and Abigail wistfully wish for a different past and present.

No! No! You cannot leave me holding this! (2'50")
• Aria for soprano (Abigail)
• From
The Transformation of Jane Doe
• Synopsis: Chicago, January 1, 1920. Abigail reacts to a letter she has read and chooses a topic for her newspaper article.

No one saw it in the cards (2'15")
• Aria for soprano (Abigail)
• From
What Magic Reveals
Synopsis: Chicago, 1920: A young woman walks into the Studebaker Theater in Chicago, where she remembers a tragic afternoon when she was 8 years old.

The Letter (4'20")
There are three available versions:
1. Duet for mezzo-soprano (Jane Doe) and soprano (Abigail)
2. Aria for mezzo-soprano (Jane Doe)
3. Aria for soprano (Jane Doe) - this is the mezzo's aria, transposed to a higher key.

• From The Transformation of Jane Doe
Synopsis: Chicago, January 1, 1920. Abigail reads a letter written by Jane Doe. In the aria version, only Jane Doe sings.