an opera in seven acts
voices : soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone
ensemble : violin + clarinets (soprano/bass/contrabass) + saxophones (soprano/tenor) + percussion
libretto : Frederick Choi
duration : 70'
commissioned by Guerilla Opera
premiere : September 18th, by Guerilla Opera, directed by Allegra Libonati
press : Boston Globe | Boston Classical Review | *best premiere of 2015*
Troubled Waters follows a storyline from the life of late 19th-century Japanese author Higuchi Natsuko (Ichiyou). Considered the first female writer of the Japanese modern era, Higuchi was educated in classical writing traditions, and these influences became significant aspects of her work. Woven into the story of the author are scenes from her stories which reflect and amplify Higuchi’s experience of the world she lived in.
Performance by Guerilla Opera, September 25th, 2015. Aliana de la Guardia — soprano (Midori, Oriki, Okyou); Sophie Michaux — mezzo-soprano (Higuchi); Brian Church — baritone (Nakarai, Nobu, Tomonosuke, Kichizou). Ensemble: Amy Advocat — soprano/bass/contrabass clarinets; Kent O'Doherty — soprano/tenor saxophones; Mike Williams — percussion; Lilit Hartunian — violin.