The songs are based on four transformative friendships and meetings in Francis Poulenc’s life: Wanda Landowska, Pierre Bernac, Raymonde Linossier and Paul Eluard
“To Hell and Back is a two-character drama based on the Rape of Persephone Greek myth. The piece was written for Patti LuPone and Isabel Bayrakdarian and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra led by Nicholas McGegan.
An American Tragedy, based on the novel by Theodore Dreiser, premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2005. It is an opera in two acts composed by Tobias Picker to a libretto by Gene Scheer.
Commissioned by University of Kansas at Lawrence for mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle. Premiered December 5, 2005. The song cycle takes as its point of departure an array of five interesting statues that, in effect, are brought to life in these songs.
Thérèse Raquin, premiered by the Dallas Opera, is an opera in two acts composed by Tobias Picker to a libretto by Gene Scheer based on the novel Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola
I wrote American Anthem in the late 1990s. The piece has been performed by many wonderful artists including Denyce Graves, Nathan Gunn and Norah Jones. Norah’s rendition is featured in Ken Burn’s PBS film about World War 2 entitled “The War.”
Voices from World War II is a song cycle for baritone and piano. Premiered by Nathan Gunn and Kevin Murphy at Wigmore Hall in 1998. The texts are based on 5 diverse memories from the war.