Bessie and Ma (60")
Music by Douglas Buchanan.
Commissioned by the Sackler Music Composition Prize
Inspired by historical events, Bessie and Ma tells the story of two trailblazing figures from the early 20th century: Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman, the first female African-American aviator, and Miriam "Ma" Ferguson, the first female governor of Texas. Framed by the moments leading up to Bessie's death in 1926, the opera interweaves significant moments from each woman's life.
Premiering spring 2019
Better Gods (60")
Music by Luna Pearl Woolf.
Commissioned by Washington National Opera, Francesca Zambello, Artistic Director
Told through the eyes of an American journalist, Better Gods is the story of Queen Lili'uokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaii, who fought to preserve her people's culture when the island was annexed to the United States. Scored for 6 singers and chamber ensemble.
Premiered January 2016, Washington National Opera.
"The story of the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy got an intriguing retelling...[with]...a tight, precise libretto by Caitlin Vincent..."
- Steven Mark, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"The story, as told with brutal honesty through Caitlin Vincent's stirring libretto, is a bold choice to be told at the Kennedy Center..."
- Keith Tittermary, Broadway World