Waking in New York

waking in new york

 

The Death of Don Juan

Don Juan DVD

 

The Two-Cents Opera

Two-Cents Opera

 

OrfReo

OrfReo

 

The Deus Ex Machina Cycle

DeusExMachina

 

Existence

Existence

 

 

 

Operas

COMPOSER'S NOTES


A large part of my work revolves around opera and vocal music. I started out as a singer-songwriter. I had some opera training and later studied Indian raga singing. Only at home...I sing parts from baritone to mezzo and I do the soprano part with my head voice. What helps me the most is memorizing the sound of each and every unique voice I compose for.

In the left sidebar you can link to six of my operas. The genre definition of these works is still controversial. For instance, Waking in New York was described by the New York Times (Kozinn) as "a lovely, effecting and affecting song cycle", and technically, that is correct, but the New York City Opera called it an opera when it featured it in the VOX festival. My operas are operatic in their treatment of the voices and characters and the dramatic nature of the music, but the sound varies according to each piece, and can include computer-generated or other electronic tracks, or unusual combinations of instruments; antiquated plots are not to be found in their librettos; they can also integrate multimedia visual elements. The subjects deal with what some call the 4th dimension - collective consciousness beyond sensory perception, and often refer to a timesless perspective, but the emotions are human and intense. There are settings of Verlaine, Rilke, Allen Ginsberg, Michael Andre, Sumner Carnahan, and some of my own writing. In relation to story-based opera, my librettos are like Ellsworth Kelly vs. Michelangelo, or possibly even like Duchamp vs. Picasso.

Elodie Lauten

 

 

The Death of Don Juan on Youtube

Orfreo Overture on Youtube

The Two-Cents Opera Preview on Youtube

Closure from The Two-Cents Opera on Youtube

Crazy Time from The Two-Cents Opera on Youtube