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Short opera for soprano and baritone

Short opera for soprano and baritone

A satiric/comedic short opera for soprano, baritone and chamber orchestra

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In the summer of 2016, in celebration of its 30th season, the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra will premiere four works commissioned American composers. One of the works will be a short opera by New York composer Wang Jie. Though of limited duration - 10 to 15 minutes - the opera will have a complete narrative arch: introduction, conflict, denouement. The composer's initial suggestions:  "I imagine a satiric comedy about a couple who can't get along. They argue about toilet seats, snoring, the kind of stuff every married couple knows about. But at some point, prompted by the couple's love, the argument shifts into loving flirtation and passionate kisses by the end."

Vocalists for the premiere will be soprano Vicki Fingalson and baritone Jeffrey Madison.  The fact that the singers have already committed to this project enables Wang Jie to create a musical score uniquely adapted to their voices and characters. And the couple may take a more active role in the creative process than is often the case - perhaps even suggesting scenes from their own marriage.


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FROM THE OTHER SKY with Animated Supertitle: Scene I & II

American Composers Orchestra led by George Manahan Emily Hindrichs, Coloratura | Krysty Swann, Mezzo-soprano | Wang Jie, Keyboard Wang Jie writes "FROM THE OTHER SKY is a multi-media concert opera/song cycle based on the my short story. When ACO asked that the new work reflect "Mystics and Magic", I felt necessary to intensify this theme with an original narrative of the mystical and magical power of music."


Flown, III - In Wind They Cleave

FLOWN is a chamber opera in four acts which the composer describes as "an evening of playing and singing which meditates on two lovers who must part." It is written for the same voice types (soprano and baritone) which will be employed in the chamber opera commissioned by the LSCO Libretto by Steve Ross Smith. Produced and recorded live at Music-theatre Group, Feb. 12th 2009 Soprano: Mary Elizabeth Mackenzie Baritone: Paul LaRosa Violin: Jennifer Choi Cello: Mary Wooten Percussion: Matt Gold Piano: Wang Jie


A Prayer - Lord? Please Don't Let Me Die in a Funny Way, an album of vocal story-telling by Wang Jie

This excerpt from an operatic mono-drama for soprano and chamber ensemble. Composed in 2014 it demonstrates the composers exquisite idiomatic writing for the female voice, her boundless sense of humor, her ability to create a variety of acoustic textures from slender instrumental forces. Libretto by Paul Simms. Recorded live at Greenwich Music House, Nov. 18th 2013 Mary Mackenzie, soprano | Wang Jie, piano


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Start and End Date

06/23/2016 - 07/28/2016


Duluth, Minnesota

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Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra

Duluth, Minnesota

The Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra (LSCO) was founded in 1987 in Duluth, MN by Warren Friesen, who remains the organization’s Artistic Director and Conductor.  It is a professional ensemble (musicians paid per service)  which presents concerts almost exclusively during the summer months. Committed to diverse repertoire, the LSCO has four times in recent years received...


Wang Jie

Role: composer

Vicki Fingalson

Role: soprano

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