The Bird Lady (2017-2021)
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. When the Bird Lady and her new neighbor clash over the felling of a tree planted squarely on the property line, sparks fly.
Libretto by Germaine Shames
Additional Text by Linda Marcus & Julie I. Meyers
ANNABELLE - Soprano (range D4-Bb5)
MARCUS - Tenor (range C3-Bb4)
PERCY - Baritone (range G2-G4)
CHORUS - SAAB - three birds and a bee
1 - Flute (piccolo, alto flute)
1 - Oboe (English horn)
1 - Clarinet (bass clarinet)
1 - Bassoon
1 - Piano (celesta)
Violin I & II
Total running time: c. 2 hours 15 minutes
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Preview Showcase Premiere given (Act I only) on October 31, 2021, at Marc A. Scorca Hall of the National Opera Center, New York, New York.
(Item #: OP 128)
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A showcase premiere of Act I was presented on October 31, 2021 by OperAvant, Inc. at Marc A. Scorca Hall of the National Opera Center. Please see the video of the performance above.