Opera in development with The American Opera Project (AOP) and the Seagle Music Colony. Libretto by Jason Kim. Developmental support provided by Opera America’s Repertoire Development Grant and an Opera Genesis Fellowship at The Hermitage Artist Colony. Workshops have include those with Amanda + James, The American Opera Project, Fort Worth Opera’s “Frontiers”, and Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater’s “From Page to Stage.”
Vocal score completed 2019. Length 90″.
Cast: 1soprano, 1countertenor, 2 tenor, 1 baritone
Famed drag performer Dee Legendary embarks on a passionate love affair with Officer John, whose fascination with Dee takes an unexpected and dangerous turn. Inspired by a true story, Legendary is an opera about double lives and destructive desires set in the glory days of New York City’s underground drag culture.
Planned: Violin, Viola, Cello, Keyboard(s), Acoustic / Electric Bass, 2 Percussion (drums / percussion)
1987. New York City.
Darkness. Sound of a sewing machine. Lights up to reveal: drag queen Dee Legendary, smoking a cigar and assembling a dress out of fabrics she has collected from a dumpster.
Dee sings about her conflicted double life: her fabulous public life as a drag performer and her vulnerable private life as a man who has had to survive on his own. She is joined on stage by two younger drag performers, Lola and Martina, as she finishes making herself look exquisite.
From there, we follow the story of Dee, as she loses her reign in the drag world and engages in a dangerous affair with a closeted cop.
Contemporary lyric opera, 1980s dance music, American musical theater. Jazz and pop influences.