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DRIVES (2023)


A chamber opera

Libretto by EUAN TAIT



Timing: 15 minutes


Commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera


Premiered by Houston Grand Opera in May 2023

Rothko Chapel, Houston


CHARACTERS: [cast of premiere production to follow]


WOMAN                                  soprano

MAN                                         baritone


Clarinet (doubles bass clarinet), viola, 2 cellos, percussion


Two contrasting scenes, set two decades apart (2003 and 2023), find a woman and a man in a car, making their way in turn to two very different clinics and confronting the wounds that have arisen in the midst of their respective health crises. Each of these people in turn takes a risk in driving the other to the clinic: a crisis of friendship, the condemnations of society.

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