Sara McKinnon

Opera in Three Acts

2001, rev. 2002.

Duration: 140 minutes

Libretto by Mark Medoff

Note: This opera has been withdrawn. Portions of it were used to develop 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 valuable 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.