Timothy Lee Miller | composer

The Bird Lady (2021)

A chamber opera in two acts

An eccentric young woman known as the Bird Lady lives a life of timeless simplicity in a well-tended garden with only her equally eccentric gardener for human company — until a brash young man determined to build his dream home buys the adjoining lot. Sparks fly when the Bird Lady and her new neighbor clash over the felling of a tree planted squarely on the property line.

Libretto by Germaine Shames

Additional Text by Linda Marcus & Julie I. Meyers

Total running time: c. 2 hours 5 minutes

Individual arias from the opera are available for performance. Please click on Art Songs to be redirected.

A Preview Showcase Premiere of Act I was given on October 31, 2021, at Marc A. Scorca Hall, OPERA America's National Opera Center, New York, New York (see video below).



ANNABELLE - Soprano (range D4-Bb5)

MARCUS - Tenor (range C3-Bb4)

PERCY - Baritone (range G2-G4)

CHORUS - SATB - three birds and a bee


1 - Flute (piccolo, alto flute)

1 - Oboe (English horn)

1 - Clarinet (bass clarinet)

1 - Bassoon

1 - Piano (celesta)

Strings: Violin I & II, Viola, Cello, Bass