Violet Fire, National Theater, Belgrade, 2006
Judgment of Midas, from concert performance at Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Auditorium, 2011
I conceived and wrote the libretto for this multimedia opera about the visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, with score by Jon Gibson. Violet Fire incorporates dance and a projected image through-line along with words and music to provide an immersive experience of this extraordinary personality. After a first performance at Temple University in Philadelphia, Violet Fire had a full world premiere at the National Theater in Belgrade, Serbia, followed by a production at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival.
I was commissioned to write the libretto for this opera, based on an episode from Ovid's Metamorphoses, related by legend to the ancient city of Sardis in Turkey. Composer Kamran Ince's score incorporates Turkish musical traditions. The opera's development has included several workshops and a concert performance in New York, produced by American Opera Projects. The opera premiered in Milwaukee, WI in April 2013, produced by Present Music with the Milwaukee Opera Theatre.
The Big Picture
Dramatic monologue performed as part of InterAct Theater's 2000 Voices Festival in Philadelphia.
Radio play with sound by John J.H. Phillips, commissioned and aired by New American Radio.