or, The Gone Trees, And Whatever Else With Them

a short opera

2016 // 10'
libretto by Lane Dombois
for two sopranos, countertenor, and piano
composed for the NYU-Tisch / American Opera Projects Advanced Opera Lab
premiered May 8, 2016, in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, NY

Kamala Sankaram, soprano; Deborah Van Renterghem, soprano; Eric Brenner, countertenor; Kelly Horsted, piano / music director


Three bourgeois New Yorkers attend the annual Fort Greene Halloween dog costume contest and find themselves transformed into dogs. In a whirlwind of yipping and yapping, they dig up new relationships with each other, the land, and the city.


lyric soprano, dramatic soprano, countertenor, piano