The Highway (an opera noir in four scenes) “At Home” (excerpt)

Based on a tale by O. Henry, “The Highway” is a contemporary story of a young man’s attempt to forge an artistic life in the face of various difficulties. In this excerpt from the Prologue, James expresses his dream of making it in the music business. “[A]n impressive opera … [Beck’s] handling of dramatic relationships and superimposed time was masterful.” – The New Haven Register

The Highway (an opera noir in four scenes) “The Highway on the Left” (excerpt)

In this excerpt from Scene 1, James is on his way to Chicago; when he meets Dave and Melody,
things do not end well. “[A]n impressive opera … [Beck’s] handling of dramatic relationships and
superimposed time was masterful.” – The New Haven Register

The Highway (an opera noir in four scenes) “The Highway on the Right” (excerpt)

In this duet from Scene 2, James and Melody fall in love. “[A]n impressive opera … [Beck’s] handling of dramatic relationships and superimposed time was masterful.” – The New Haven Register

Once a Year on Christmas Eve (Sc. 1 – “Christmas time is here”)

Commissioned and produced by TADA! Youth Theater in New York City, “Once a Year on Christmas Eve” is a musical fable. Presents appear in a magical forest only on Christmas Eve and the villagers learn a valuable lesson about the importance of giving to others. In this excerpt from Scene 1, the villagers celebrate the season.

Once a Year on Christmas Eve (Sc. 1 – “The presents shine”)

In this further excerpt from Scene 1, a traveling stranger enters the Town and the villagers share their celebration with him.

Once a Year on Christmas Eve (Sc. 2 – “Chloe’s Song”)

In this excerpt from Scene 2, Chloe decides to look for presents for her brother Joey. The part of Chloe is performed by a young Mizuo Peck.

Once a Year on Christmas Eve (“Fa-la-la”)

Commissioned and produced by TADA! Youth Theater in New York City, “Once a Year on Christmas Eve” is a musical fable. Presents appear in a magical forest only on Christmas Eve and the villagers learn a valuable lesson about the importance of giving to others. In this scene, the villagers prepare to hunt for the presents (it is followed by a reprise of “Fa-la-la” after the final curtain).

Once a Year on Christmas Eve (Sc. 2 – “Chloe found gifts”)

In this further excerpt from Scene 2, the villagers are unable to find any presents; they are surprised when Chloe tells them she sees gifts everywhere. (The villagers are looking for themselves, while Chloe is looking for her brother Joey).

Once a Year on Christmas Eve (Sc. 3 – “Christmas time is here”)

In this final scene of “Once a Year on Christmas Eve,” the villagers learn a valuable lesson about the importance of giving to others.

Anne Boleyn – a chamber opera

“Anne Boleyn,” my first opera, is a short one-act based on the final moments of her life. This is a 1985 production with a reduced orchestration presented by Golden Fleece, Ltd., the Composers Chamber Theatre in New York City.

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