Arias from The Companion, Act II from Three Way, An Opera in Three Acts. Music by Robert Paterson, Libretto by David Cote.
For more information: http://robertpaterson.com/three-way
Performance: American Modern Ensemble. Roulette, May 2014. Brandon Snook, tenor.
Three Way consists of three one-act operas. Each opera may be performed individually or as a full evening set. Acts include The Companion (fully orchestrated), Safe Word (piano reduction completed), and Masquerade.
Duration: ca. 110' (each act ca. 30-40')
Singers: singers: 2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, tenor, countertenor, baritone, bass-baritone
Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, horn, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass, percussion, piano (doubling synthesizer), conductor.
The Companion Semi-Staged Performance: American Opera Projects and American Modern Ensemble presented by Ear Hear Music, Roulette, Brooklyn, NY, April 22, 2014.
Safe Word Un-Staged Performance: Fort Worth Opera Frontiers Showcase, May 4-9. 2014.
Safe Word Un-Staged Workshop Performance: American Opera Projects (AOP) as part of AOP's Composers & The Voice program, September, 7th and 9th, 2012, Brooklyn, NY, USA.
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
(3 singers: soprano, tenor and baritone)
Not so far in the future, Maya (soprano) lives with her android lover, Joe (tenor). This interactive programmed Companion looks and sounds human—only better. Still, Maya wants more complexity from Joe. She has technician Dax (baritone) come by to install new experimental software, with surprising results.
(2 singers: mezzo-soprano and baritone)
Mistress Salomé (mezzo-soprano) is a high-priced dominatrix in a private dungeon, and today she has a new client (baritone), a cocky businessman. Even though he's the one who pays to be humiliated, he’s prickly and aggressive. The “session” goes to places no one expected.
(8 singers: 2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, tenor, countertenor, baritone, bass-baritone)
A party is taking place at a country mansion. It’s not a dinner gathering or holiday celebration: it’s a masquerade. People from all walks of life come to shed outside selves, put on a mask and push the limits of erotic expression. Tonight four couples will face their deepest taboos.
Synopsis and Libretto © Copyright 2015 David Cote.
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