About The Series

Chamber Opera

Launched in 2017, Miller Theatre's Chamber Opera Commissioning Initiative contributes meaningfully to...

Program Notes

Creating Desire

Desire is brimming with attraction, and yet the magnetic forces at play are not those of a romantic triangle....

Chamber Opera



Thursday, October 17, 2019, 8pm

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Music by Hannah Lash
Libretto by Hannah Lash, with Cori Ellison
Commissioned by Miller Theatre at Columbia University
© 2018 Schott Helicon Music Corporation

A flowering garden sets the scene for the world premiere of award-winning composer Hannah Lash’s newest chamber opera. Written for a conductorless cast of three singers and string quartet, Desire grapples with the human, personal struggle of trusting oneself in the midst of doubt. The score paints a lush sonic landscape, performed by the adventurous JACK Quartet, and transports audiences to this metaphoric garden of creativity.

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Additional performance: Wednesday, October 16, 8:00 p.m.

Additional Information

Major support for Desire is provided by Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.
Additional support is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Opening Scene Rendering by Kristen Robinson.