Dame, Not Lady

for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, and piano
2017

30 minutes

 

The last time Dame saw their mother, they were getting kicked out of the house for dating a girl. It's 10 years later and Dame's mother doesn't have much longer to live. Dame must decide whether or not to tell their mom that they're genderqueer. Through a journey of memories, "Dame, Not Lady" is an opera about the need to be witnessed and how much should be sacrificed for another’s comfort. 

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