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Chunky in Heat

Six composers collaborate on a new opera that tells a shared family history through different musical and storytelling perspectives.

Chunky in Heat

Six composers collaborate on a new opera that tells a shared family history through different musical and storytelling perspectives.

Experiments in Opera, in collaboration with Contemporaneous, presents the premiere of the newly-commissioned opera, Chunky in Heat, at the Flea Theater in New York City from May 31 – June 2, 2019.  Celebrated author A.M. Homes wrote the libretto for Chunky in Heat based on her own short stories about a teenage girl who struggles to break free from her oppressive family in contemporary Los Angeles.  Experiments in Opera has commissioned six stylistically-diverse composers to contribute music: Jason Cady, Paula Matthusen, Erin Rogers, Aaron Siegel, Shelley Washington, and Matthew Welch.   Each composer will write a 15-minute section of music that will be ‘sewn’ together with other sections into a full 100-minute opera, which will be fully-staged under the direction of Alison Moritz.

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