I have written the libretto for a new opera, Sycorax, with music composed by Georg Friedrich Haas. This opera will have its opening at Buehnen Bern Theater, in Bern, Switzerland, on September 17, 2022. Inspired by Shakespeare’s last play The Tempest, and offering a transformative vision of this beautiful and problematic work, this opera has five characters: Sycorax (to be played by Mollena Williams-Haas), Prospero, Caliban, Ariel and Miranda. The chorus will be composed of thirty singers, who will represent the spirits of the island.
I invite you to listen to a new, insightful and illuminating podcast (The Treasure Hunt) by the conductor Bas Wiegers. Sycorax 1 is about the compositions of Georg Friedrich Haas, including our new opera Sycorax. In “A Chat with Mollena” Bas talks with Mollena Williams-Haas about how she has crafted her character of Sycorax, and about the opening up of opera spaces and the creation of new stories filled with diversity and joyful vision.
MY LAI, operatic monodrama:
My Lai — libretto. This opera, composed by Jonathan Berger, was commissioned by Kronos Performing Arts Association in 2015, and performed by Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, and Van-Anh Vo at Stanford University and the Harris Theater in Chicago, before being folded into Kronos’s 2017-18 season.
“Death by Drowning,” a musical piece with text by Harriet Scott Chessman, and composed by Jonathan Berger, was performed on October 26, 2017, at Stanford University, for the Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert
“Halliday’s Treasures,” short story in CATAMARAN, April 2016
“Mary Cassatt and the Maternal Body,” in American Iconology
“Isabel and the Shy Giant,” in Spider (January 2001)
“The All Day and All Night Trip,” in Ladybug (June 1998)
The Public Is Invited to Dance (a book of scholarship about Gertrude Stein), Stanford University Press, 1989
A review of these Stein volumes by Richard Howard, “There Is a Lot of Here Here,” The New York Times, May 3, 1998