Several of the School of Drama’s graduate playwriting students have joined forces with students, alumni and faculty from the Schools of Music and Art, The Heinz College, as well as the Pittsburgh Opera to create CO-OPERA.

CO-OPERA is an evening of collaborative opera featuring five, new 15-minue operas composed in the School of Music with libbretists from the School of Drama’s graduate playwriting program. The scenes will be created through technology, with the projection of art and other media on stage.

You can watch a live, webstream of the event on April 10 here.

Cold Hands
Composer: Dayton Kinney
Librettists: Dan Giles and Julie Jigour

A sweet story of two people sharing a moment. It is the interaction between a mortician and a girl who has just died as she reflects on her life and what she has not done yet.

Composer: Davis Good
Librettist: Josh Ginsburg

An Appalachian setting of the Echo story from Greek Mythology.

Last Night in The Hague
Composer: Chung Wan Choi
Librettists: Wei He and Tracy Held Potter

A vignette of Van Gogh’s early life, when he lived in the Hague with the prositute Sien and her children.

For the Time Being
Composer: Daniel Arnaldos
Librettists: Barbara Jwanouskos and Stephen Webb

A lesbian couple and their witness travel to a remote place in Southwestern American to get married. Along the way, they encounter some otherworldly beings who help the main character discover some aspects of himself he thought no longer existed.

The Elephants (A Modern Fable)
Composer: Xiao Liang
Librettists: Savannah Reich and Jonah Eisenstock

This opera is a short tale of a group of elephants’ interaction with the humans who live nearby, and how modern advances have changed that relationship.