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Opera in Two Acts (2016-)

In an empty corner of the cosmos, a small government spacecraft hurtles towards the farside colony of Muriana. It transports Caroline, future ambassador to the colony, her husband Gregory, and their daughter Vera. A faulty communication transmitter, however, has forced Gregory to restart the System—the onboard computer that tends to their every need. Probably everything will be fine.

Music by Matthew Barnson

Libretto by Mark Sonnenblick

Preview Production: Opera Index, Manhattan School of Music in Collaboration with American Opera Projects; Anne Shikany, director

Made possible in part by a generous multi-year award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Vera was initially developed in AOP's Composers & the Voice fellowship program.

Duration (proposed): 70-80'

Orchestration: currently piano/vocal; proposed: strings (8-12 players), harp, percussion (1-2 players), and electronics. 

Availability: Please contact


Vera: coloratura soprano

Caroline: soprano

Gregory: baritone