Opera / Music for Theater

*Bird Of The Inner Eye
Chamber opera based on the life and letters of American painter Morris Graves (1910-2001). Libretto by Joan Schirle. Developed with funds from Opera America’s Opera Grants For Female Composers program. Scored for 5 voices, piano, cello, clarinet, accordion and multiple percussion including glass harmonica, piano harp and electronics. Excerpts from workshop rehearsal in August 2021.


Chamber opera in 9 scenes, based on the life of Isabelle Eberhardt, writer and adventurer. Libretto by Jan Dalley. Developed with the Duffy Institute for New Opera and the Virginia Arts Festival, 2018. Scored for 5 voices and chamber orchestra. Excerpts from live recording of first full reading in March 2018.

*Septimus & Clarissa
recorded sound score 2011 (nominated for Dram Desk Award for Outstanding Score, 2012)
adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway by Ellen McLaughlin, directed by Rachel Dickstein with Ripe Time.
with GL piano, glass, electronics, Charlie Burnham violin, Marika Hughes cello, Doug Wieselman clarinet, bass clarinet, Kenny Wollesen percussion

live recording Folger Theater, D.C., Sept. 2015
a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I in her own words, conceived & directed by Karin Coonrod with Colombari
with Juliana Francis Kelly, Monique Barbee, Cristina Spina, Ayeje Feamster

*Romeo and Juliet
recorded sound score 2011
by William Shakespeare, directed by Shana Cooper
with GL piano, electronics, Charlie Burnham violin, David Gold viola, Marika Hughes cello, Doug Wieselman clarinet, bass clarinet, Don Falzone, bass, Kenny Wollesen percussion

*Orfeo In Orvieto
live recording in Palazzo Simoncelli, July 2014
adaptation of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, conceived & directed by Karin Coonrod with Colombari
with Stephen Salters (Orfeo), Andrea Brugnera (narrator), Francesca Bruni (soprano), Stefano Benini (tenor), Riccardo Cambri (harpsichord), Alessandro Graziani (percussion), Dino Graziani (violin), Rita Graziani (flute), Gina Leishman (mandola), Sandro Paradisi (accordion), Sarah Roberts (cello)

*The World is Round Is Round Is Round
live recording Colgate U., sept. 2012
based on Gertrude Stein’s book The World Is Round, adapted & directed by Karin Coonrod with Colombari
with Monique Barbee, Dietrice Bolden, Barrett Doss, Julienne Hanzelka Kim, April Sweeney, Gina Leishman

*Burning Dreams
recorded live at San Diego Rep, 1994
Opera in 2 acts, libretto by Julie Hebert and Octavio Solis, directed by Sam Woodhouse.
with Anita de Simone, soprano; Cheryl Carter, alto; Rinde Eckert, tenor/countertenor; Alex Britton, baritone

*21 Positions: A Cartographic Dream of the Middle East
recorded live at Fordham University, NYC, 2008
by Abdelfattah Abusrour, Lisa Schleisinger & Naomi Wallace,
directed by Lisa Peterson

*Mother Courage
recorded live at Berkeley Rep, 2006
by Bertolt Brecht, translated by David Hare, directed by Lisa Peterson

recorded live at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, 2005
by Sophocles, adapted by Ellen McLaughlin, directed by Lisa Peterson

recorded live at Dell’Arte, CA, 2005
by Joan Schirle and Skip Mercier

*Tongue of a Bird
recorded sound score. 1999
by Ellen McLaughlin, directed by Lisa Peterson

live recording, Ohio theater NYC, 2000
Opera in 1 act, libretto by Paul Zimet (Part 1 of the Black Milk Quartet)

*Music for Shakespeare
written for California Shakespeare Theater, Berkeley, 2000-2006

(from CD O Mistress Mine)

*The Velveteen Rabbit
recorded score, 1996
with Rinde Eckert, singer, and Geoff Hoyle, narrator
for ODC/SF

*Alice – Tales of a curious girl
composer demos
by Karen Hartman, directed by Jonathan Moscone (Dallas Theater Center 1999)

*Some kind of wind in the willows
recorded live at workshop performance, 2000
adapted from Kenneth Grahame by David Gordon

*Red Noses
composer demos, 1988
by Peter Barnes, directed by Sam Wodehouse