Instrumentation: singers—2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, tenor, countertenor, baritone, bass-baritone; ensemble—flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, horn, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass, percussion, piano (doubling synthesizer), conductor.
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
(3 singers: soprano, tenor and baritone) [ca. 40']
Not so far in the future, Maya (soprano) lives with her android lover named 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 bass-baritone) [ca. 30']
Mistress Salomé (mezzo-soprano) is a high-priced dominatrix in a private dungeon, and today she has a new client (bass-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) [ca. 50']
A party is taking place at a country mansion. It’s not a dinner gathering or holiday celebration: it’s a masquerade, hosted by Pleasure Pilgrims, an online community of sensualists and pleasure seekers. 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 2016 David Cote.
World Premiere: Nashville Opera, John Hoomes, Director, Dean Williamson, Conductor, January 27, 28 and 29, 2017.
NYC Premiere: Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), American Modern Ensemble, John Hoomes, Director, Dean Williamson, Conductor, June 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2017.
The Companion Semi-Staged Performance: American Opera Projects and American Modern Ensemble, Walker Lewis, director, Tyson Deaton, conductor, presented by Ear Heart Music, Roulette, Brooklyn, NY, April 22, 2014.
Safe Word Un-Staged Performance: Fort Worth Opera Frontiers Showcase, Tyson Deaton, conductor, Fort Worth, TX, May 4-9. 2014.
Safe Word Un-Staged Workshop Performance: American Opera Projects (AOP) as part of AOP's Composers & The Voice program, Brooklyn, NY, September, 7th and 9th, 2012.