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Images: des films de Jean Cocteau

for woodwind quintet (2011)

1. Les Miroirs

Kristen McGuire, flute
Stuart Breczinski, oboe
Nicholas Graham, clarinet
Miles Miller, horn
Dorian Antipa, bassoon

The Little Boy Lost & Found

for SATB chorus a capella (2008)

Performed by the Zefiro Vocal Ensemble

Thyrsis & Amaranth

an opera in one act on the fable by Jean de la Fontaine
for soprano, mezzo-soprano (or countertenor) and piano
(2010)

Thyrsis: Collin Shay, countertenor
Amaranth: Allison Mills, soprano
Jennifer Szeto, piano & music direction
stage direction: Andrew Pelrine & Nina Scott-Stoddart

Thyrsis & Amaranth is a short opera based on a story by baroque fabulist Jean de la Fontaine. In writing this work, I was influenced by the serenettas and pastorales of Marc-Antoine Charpentier and George Frideric Handel, particularly in the choice of voice types. Both characters in my opera, male and female, are treble voices. This brings the beautiful sensuality of that period to the music with the voices of the would-be lovers intertwining in the same octave. Thyrsis is a shepherd who is in love with Amaranth, a shepherdess. He is riddled with self-doubt and insecurity. How does he tell Amaranth of his feelings for her? Should he risk their friendship, risk rejection, risk ridicule?

August 5th & 7th, 2012
Halifx Summer Opera
Dalhousie Arts Centre, Halifax, NS