– Operas and Works for Stage –
Office Hours (1973)
Theater piece for percussionist/actor, three actors, file cabinets and four channel electronic soundtrack. Presented by Northern Illinois University for ARTS - USA:4 Festival. Later performances by the Blackearth Percussion Ensemble at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, University of Illinois and at Western Illinois University.
Future Perfect (1982)
Video opera in four parts for soprano, dancer, cameraman, three musicians, slide
projections and prerecorded soundtrack. Presented at D.K. Studios by Roulette, Minnesota with funding by the
Nothing Can Stop the Duke of Earl! (1883)
Theater piece for grand piano, four casio keyboards, portable tape players and slide projections. Presented at the Minnesota Composers Forum Studio Series, and at the Roulette Performance Series, New York City.
In and (Always) Out of Order (1984)
Cablevideo opera in four parts, two locations; co-created with choreographer Georgia Stephens and Videographer Jim Malec for Intermedia Arts Minnesota's "Translations" series; cablecast by Minnesota Cablesystems Southwest.
Chamber opera in one act (from "The Villagers Project") for dancer, three musicians, live video, slide projections and stereo soundtrack. Presented at "Music From Almost Yesterday" festival, Milwaukee, "New Works/St. Paul", and the Film in the Cities Performance Series.
For soloist with media materials; presented at Wall St. Gallery, St. Paul and at the Roulette Performance Series, New York City.
He Who Hunted Birds (1985)
Chamber opera in two acts (from "The Villagers Project") for soprano, baritone, tenor, dancer/soprano, three musicians, slide projections and stereo soundtrack. Presented at the Southern Theater, Minneapolis by the Minnesota Composers Forum Studio Series with funding by the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Once Upon a Time (In the Future) (1986)
Musical in two acts (co-written with Regina Zakrajsek) for middle school; commissioned
and premiered by Valley Middle School, Apple Valley, MN.; revival in 1991 by Northfield Middle School (with
Performance opera in one act (from "The Villagers Project") for baritone, dancer, saxophone,
trombone, synthesizers, live sound processing and stereo soundtrack. Presented at the Little Theater of the
Hennepin Center for the Arts with funding from the Bush Foundation.
Just as Things Are (So They Seem To Be) (1992)
Theater piece for "The Smith Brothers" performed by David Means and visual artist Dean Lettenstrom
for the "Bonus Track" series, Minnesota Dance Alliance.
October Surprise (1992)
Theater piece for two players with merged MIDI systems; written for "Music From the Dark
Side", a Halloween costume concert at the Grand, Northfield.
Chamber opera co-created with writer JoAnne Makela for "Off the Page: Translating Literature to
Performance"; presented by The Loft, Minneapolis.
The Accidental Terrorist (1997)
Solo performance piece for actor-musician with live electronics and camera; commissioned by “Music for the Darkside”; Northfield Arts Guild.
Future Perfect: 1999 (1999)
Chamber opera in four parts for soprano, baritone, three actors and prerecorded soundtrack; text by Georgia Stephens; Presented at “Strange Attractors IV” Festival, Nobles eXperimental interMedia Studio, St. Paul.
Sentir Paris (2004)
Video opera on the images and sounds of Paris.
Collaboration with Mary Garvie and Marlene Tupy, premiered at Strange Attractors XII Festival, Studio 677 eXperimental interMedia, St. Paul.
In Progress, 2004:
Forward Observer: Chamber opera in multiple settings
In the Mind’s Eye: Video opera electronically set in Plato’s Cave
NiNteeNsixtyEight: Video opera and digital Chautauqua set in the sixties streets, campuses and jungles
Collaboration with Jim Malec