Before Night Falls, opera (2003-5) 7 principals, smaller roles, chorus and orchestra (2-2-2-2 4-3-3-1 harp, celeste/piano, 4 perc., timp. and strings) libretto by Jorge Martín with Dolores M. Koch, based on the memoir by Reinaldo Arenas, dur. 2.5 hours music and one intermission. Also available in a version for smaller orchestra.
World Premiere production May 29 and June 6, 2010 by the Fort Worth Opera Festival, directed by David Gately with stage design by Riccardo Hernandez, lighting by Harry Frehner, projections by Peter Negrini, costumes by Claudia Stephens and choreography by John de los Santos. Conducted by Joe Illick with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Cast: Wes Mason (Arenas), Seth Mease Carico (Víctor), Janice Hall (Mother/The Sea), Jesús García (Ovidio), Javier Abreu (Pepe), Jonathan Blalock (Lázaro), Courtney Ross (The Moon), Corey Trahan (Visa and Port Official).
Beast and Superbeast, a chamber comic opera in four one-acts based on stories by Saki (H. H. Munro), (1996) libretto by Andrew Joffe (The Interlopers, Sredni Vashtar, The Mappined Life, Tobermory) various chamber ensembles; dur. 2 hours + intermission.
March 1996 at Bethesda, MD by The Other Opera Company, full production, 2 pianos and percussion (6 perfs.) June 1996 in New York City by the American Chamber Opera Company, full production with orchestra (4 perfs.)
The Interlopers, a short story in music, (1992-4) Andrew A. Joffe, librettist, adapted from Saki’s short story, for two baritones and chamber ensemble (2 tpts., 2 horns, trombone, tuba, timp., and strings), c. 20 min.
Sredni Vashtar, a story in music and one act, (1993-4) Andrew A. Joffe, librettist, adapted from Saki’s short story, for soprano and contralto and chamber ensemble (oboe/Eng. horn, harp, 2 perc., double string quartet and bass), c. 40 min.
The Mappined Life, a story in rondo-variations, (1995) Andrew A. Joffe, librettist, adapted from Saki’s short story, for soprano, contralto and baritone, and piano, c. 15 min.
Tobermory, a story in music and one act, (1990-91) Andrew A. Joffe, librettist, adapted from Saki’s short story, for seven singers and chamber ensemble (fl., 2 clar., bassoon, piano 4-hands, perc., and strings), c. 45 min.; full production April 18, 1993 by the University of Oregon at Eugene, Winner of the National Opera Association’s Fifth Biennial Chamber Opera Competition (1992)
November 1993 at Tulane University (as the 1992 prize-winner at the NOA’s 1993 convention in New Orleans)
American Chamber Opera Co. in NYC (with a grant from Meet the Composer) Feb. 1994, 4 perfs.
Lake George Opera Festival (with Mozart’s The Impresario) August 9, 11 & 13, 1997
U. of Missouri at Kansas City Opera workshop April 29, 1998
Boston University Opera Institute, Fringe Festival, Nov. 3-5, 2000, 4 perfs.
Boston University Opera Institute, Fringe Festival, Oct. 25-26, 31-Nov. 1, 2008, 4 perfs.
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The Composer’s Nightmare, or Puss in Boots, (1998-9) (revision of Puss in Boots , 1986-90) full-length comic opera, libretto by the composer and Andrew Joffe (2 hours + intermission)