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  • "WORDS TO MY DAUGHTER" or/and, a chamber operatic poem (2022)

    National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, '23-'24 Season.

    By composer Shih-Hui Chen, with libretto by Monique Truong, and directed by Doug Fitch, this chamber opera follows the journey of a composer who finds her voice only when she accepts the seeming contradictions of her immigrant identity.

    Featuring soprano: Lini Gong, percussion: Ai-Yun Huang, violin: Pei-Ju Chen, cello: Ting-Wei Chen, flute: Tanya Chen, and clarinet: Kai-Wei Chuang.

    Selected performances:

    March 16, 2024

    Performance Hall of Hualien County Cultural Affairs Bureau, Hualien City, Taiwan

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    March 22, 2024

    National Taichung Theater Playhouse, Taichung City, Taiwan

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    March 24, 2024

    eslite Performance Hall 110, Taipei City, Taiwan

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    March 31, 2024

    Chiayi City Concert Hall, Chiayi City, Taiwan

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  • "NORFOLK" IN FRACTURED MOSAICS (2023)

    By composer Randall Eng, with libretto by Monique Truong, "Norfolk" is one of five operatic scenes featured in Fractured Mosaics, an operatic response to the surge in anti-Asian hate crimes, commissioned by the opera company White Snake Projects.

    Premiere:

    March 30, April 1 and 3, 2023
    Live and Online

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  • OR/AND (2022)

    A multimedia chamber operatic poem, following the journey of a composer who finds her voice only when she accepts the seeming contradictions of her immigrant identity. Choosing “and” over the divisive “or,” this work taps into the inclusive power of AND to help mend our divided world. 
    Composer: Shih-Hui Chen
    Librettist: Monique Truong
    Director/scenic design: Doug Fitch
    Soprano: Lini Gong
    Chamber ensemble: soundSCAPE

    Premiere:

    September 23-24, 2022
    Asia Society Texas Center, Houston

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    Selected performances:

    Workshop performance

    soundSCAPE Festival
    July 6, 2022
    Bobbio, Italy

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    Workshop performance

    Heidelberg University
    July 3, 2022
    Heidelberg, Germany

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  • MAP: A NEW WORLD (2022)

    World premiere of a nine-movement work, commissioned by The Juilliard School for Juilliard415 & Music Advancement Program Chorus. Composer/conductor: Francisco J. Núñez, Librettist: Monique Truong.

    Premiere:

    May 14, 2022
    The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, New York City

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  • WHAT'S LEFT OF ME IS HERE (2019)

    Scenes from opera-in-progress Dreams of Water Beyond One's Depth by Joan La Barbara with libretto by Monique Truong

    Premiere:

    Joan La Barbara, Lauren Flanigan, Julia Meadows, Mario Diaz-Moresco, Joe Jacobs, Miguel Frasconi (piano, flute, glass), and Bryan Hayslett (cello)

    Interpretations 30

    March 14, 2019

    Roulette, Brooklyn

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  • Virginia and the Time Machine (2018)

    Aria from opera-in-progress Dreams of Water Beyond One's Depth by Joan La Barbara with libretto by Monique Truong

    Premiere:

    Joan La Barbara, Julia Meadows, Miguel Frasconi (Buchla), and Bryan Hayslett (cello)

    Experiments in Opera Presents: Modularias

    November 3, 2018

    The Flea Theater, New York City

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  • DREAMS OF WATER BEYOND ONE'S DEPTH (2017)

    Opera-in-progress by Joan La Barbara with libretto by Monique Truong

  • THE WANDERLUSTING OF JOSEPH C. (2017)

    Song cycle by Joan La Barbara with lyrics by Monique Truong

    Premiere:

    Joan La Barbara, Lauren Flanigan, Mario Diaz-Moresco, Julia Meadows, and Ne(x)tworks

    [GENERATE] Joan La Barbara

    May 24, 2017

    Roulette, New York City

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    Selected performances:

    Joan La Barbara, Lauren Flanigan, Mario Diaz-Moresco, Miguel Frasconi (flute), and Bryan Hayslett (cello)

    METLIVEARTS "Joan La Barbara: The Wanderlusting of Joseph C."

    April 13, 2018

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

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  • A MURMURATION FOR CHIBOK (2016)

    Choral work by Joan La Barbara with lyrics by Monique Truong

    Premiere:

    Young People's Chorus of New York City

    Transient Glory Concert

    November 4, 2016

    National Sawdust, New York City

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    Selected performances:

    Young People's Chorus of New York City

    Tampere Vocal Music Festival

    June 6, 2017

    Ylöjärvi Church, Tampere, Finland

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    Young People's Chorus of New York City

    Bang on a Can Marathon

    May 7, 2017

    Brooklyn Museum, New York City

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    Young People's Chorus of New York City

    Transient Glory Concert

    November 6, 2016

    Merkin Concert Hall, New York City

  • The Dream of Ariadne (or Joseph Cornell Observes a Constellation of Regrets) (2014)

    Song by Joan La Barbara with lyrics by Monique Truong

    Premiere:

    Joan La Barbara

    "Born into Flames" series

    October 3, 2014

    Spectrum, New York City

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