The House without a Christmas Tree. Previously: A Coffin in Egypt (2014), The Tibetan Book of the Dead (1996).
About the Artist:
American composer Ricky Ian Gordon has composed two previous operas for HGO: A Coffin in Egypt, written for Frederica von Stade (2014, with libretto by Leonard Foglia, also performed at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Opera Philadelphia, Chicago Opera Theatre, and Lincoln Center), and The Tibetan Book of the Dead (1996, with Jean Claude van Itallie). Gordon’s catalog also includes Morning Star (libretto by William Hoffman) for the Cincinnati Opera, with a new version set to premiere in March 2018 for On Site Opera; 27 (libretto by Royce Vavrek) for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and also performed in a new choral version commissioned by Master Voices at City Center in New York; Rappahannock County (libretto by Mark Campbell), for the Harrison Opera House; Sycamore Trees (libretto by composer) for The Signature Theatre; The Grapes of Wrath (libretto by Michael Korie), premiered by the Minnesota Opera in 2007 and a new version premiered by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2017; Green Sneakers: for Baritone, String Quartet, and Empty Chair (libretto by the composer), a theatrical song cycle premiered by the Miami String Quartet; the song cycle Orpheus and Euridice for Lincoln Center; My Life with Albertine (with Richard Nelson), for Playwright’s Horizons; Night Flight to San Francisco and Antarctica (for Renée Fleming), both set to text from Tony Kushner’s Angels in America; Dream True (with Tina Landau) for the Vineyard Theatre; States of Independence (also with Landau) for the American Music Theatre Festival; and Only Heaven for Encompass Opera.