Opera in Three Acts
2001, rev. 2002.
Duration: 140 minutes
Libretto by Mark Medoff
Note: Revised and retitled Rose in Flames.
(See the composer notes below.)
Premiere: Doña Ana Lyric Opera, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, July 27, 2001
Premiere of Revised Version: CU Opera at the University of Colorado in April 2003.
Composer Notes: Playwright Mark Medoff and I wrote the first version of Sara McKinnon for Doña Ana Lyric Opera at New Mexico State University. After that production we made a number of changes, and the revised version was produced at the University of Colorado.
Both productions were enthusiastically received (see reviews). Nonetheless, based on feedback, we decided to simplify the plot and focus more on the principal characters. We cut the number of named characters from twenty to nine (with three principal roles, and two supporting roles). By simplifying the story and reducing the number of characters, scenes, and subplots, we were able to create more arias and ensembles for the principal characters. The result is a more focused and intense opera, Rose in Flames.