I've written five operas, three of which have been produced.

Two works are currently in development, The Beautiful Beast with book and lyrics by Peter Hinton that was commissioned in 2008 by the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and Life Opera, commissioned by Musica Intima in 2011.

 

In October 2013, Vancouver New Music produced a concert of excerpts from operas they had been involved with producing. This is the excerpt from 120 Songs for the Marquis de Sade for which I wrote the music, and Peter Hinton the libretto. The excerpts are introduced by James Fagan Tait. Music Director is Marguerite Witvoet.




120 SONGS FOR THE MARQUIS DE SADE

 120 Songs for the Marquis de Sade premiered in Vancouver in March 2002. I wrote the music, and Peter Hinton wrote the libretto. It was produced by Modern Baroque Opera. Musical direction was by Marc Destrube, with stage direction by Peter Hinton and Kate Hutchinson.

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Excerpts from the CBC radio recording of 120 Songs for the Marquis de Sade 

1 Compendium 

2 Switching parts 

3 Marseilles 

4 Orgy 

5 Poison 

6 Forget and deliver me 

7 Some wounds 

8 Montreuil's appeal 

9 Dancing craze 

Michael Douglas Jones as the Marquis de Sade

Michael Douglas Jones as the Marquis de Sade

Sade confronts Pelagie, Madame de Sade, played by Phoebe MacRae

Sade confronts Pelagie, Madame de Sade, played by Phoebe MacRae

Pelagie 

Pelagie 

Karin Konoval as Madame de Montreuil, Sade's mother-in-law

Karin Konoval as Madame de MontreuilSade's mother-in-law

Christine Duncan as Sade's mother 

Christine Duncan as Sade's mother 

Lee Aaron as Madame Fleurieu and Laurence Cotton as Coulmier 

Lee Aaron as Madame Fleurieu and Laurence Cotton as Coulmier 

Daniel Gundlach as  Breteuil

Daniel Gundlach as  Breteuil

A tender moment between Pelagie, and the now immensely fat Sade. 

A tender moment between Pelagie, and the now immensely fat Sade. 

 

 

THE DIANA CANTATA

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In 2002, Peter Hinton and I wrote The Diana Cantata , a meditation on the life and death of Princess Diana. It was produced by Modern Baroque Opera in 2003, with Vilma Indra Vitols in the title role.

This is the Globe and Mail preview of The Diana Cantata with Vilma Indra Vitols as Diana.

 

Song #10- Diana captured between two deaths sung by Vilma Indra Vitols with an ensemble led by Marc Destrube from the premiere performances February 2003. 

Vilma Indra Vitols as Diana. 

Vilma Indra Vitols as Diana. 

Song #10- Diana captured between two deaths "studio version" sung by Marguerite Witvoet.

 

 

THE GANG

The Gang, written with librettist Tom Cone was originally produced in Vancouver by Vancouver New Music and the Vancouver East Cultural Centre in 1997. It was remounted in Toronto by Autumn Leaf Productions in 1999.

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Eye Magazine reviewed the Toronto run of The Gang.

 It's a remarkable view - sung by Tom Arntzen 

 How tight the tongue fits in the groove - ensemble

Two hundred soldiers - sung by Jennifer Scott 

Storm - ensemble 

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The future's overrun the present - sung by Tyley Ross 

Your blood - sung by Christine Duncan  

Finale scene 4 - ensemble 

Candle light - ensemble 

Them - sung by Tyley Ross 

Say goodbye - ensemble 

The air is empty - ensemble