these wings are meant to fly

an operatic scene in memory of the Pulse nightclub shooting
for baritone, chorus of text messages, and piano (2019)



Duration: 10 min.

English and Spanish
Zac Kline

Male protagonist (unnamed) .. .. baritone
Chorus of Text Messages .. .. .. .. 2—6 singers

The protagonist has planned and held a memorial service for his boyfriend, one of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. He’s wrestling with loss and pain while wrestling with planning and a continually intruding stream of text messages from friends and loved ones. Most of all, he is wrestling with the question “What if he hadn’t suggested they go out that night.”


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