“Review” was one of three finalists in the 2010 National
Opera Association’s Chamber Opera Competition.
Performed 31 October 2011 at the Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore.
Summer vacation is drawing to a close and little Cathy is excited to start kindergarten. Ms. Romano, her teacher, feels differently about her return to the classroom.
“Pulsing, jazz-inflected rhythms propel [this] work forward[.] … [Beck’s] juxtaposition of largely accessible and recognizable pitch and rhythmic material with the occasional sharp left makes for compelling and interesting listening.” – NewMusicBox: Sounds Heard
Composed in 2012 for Roger Zahab, this work was premiered by Mr. Zahab, violin, and Robert Frankenberry, piano, in Pittsburgh on January 27, 2014.
Petty thieves Ed and John Biddle and their accomplice, Jenny, are on
the back streets of Pittsburgh. Ed dreams of a better life; later, we see
that Catherine (Kate) Soffel, the wife of a prison warden, also shares
Catherine (Kate) Soffel, the wife of a prison warden, reaches a decision.
Catherine (Kate) Soffel is accused by her mother, Margaret,
of going back to the prison after Kate had promised she
would not return there.
“[S]uperb … more successful compositionally …
than many new works seen at major opera houses.” – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Following the death of the Biddle Boys, Catherine (Kate) Soffel,
stands on trial for her role in their escape.
“Laughter in Jericho” is a fictional account of the confrontation at Ruby Ridge in 1993. In this excerpt from the 1997 production in New York City, Ray’s wife has just been killed. Sung by Mark Peters, Ray comforts his daughter, revealing both his anger and his loss.