Christopher Theofanidis

Works: Opera/Oratorio

Title Instrumentation Duration Listen
Heart of a Soldier Libretto by Donna Di Novelli
Francesca Zambello, director
Thomas Hampson, William Burden- lead roles
San Francisco Opera/ Patrick Summers, conducting
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Rick Rescorla saved lives during the Vietnam War, and again on 9/11, but he lost his life as a result. His story, told in the book "Heart of a Soldier" by James Stewart, has been recast as an opera in San Francisco. Spencer Michels reports. Watch preview from San Francisco Opera
Francesca Zambello, director; Thomas Hampson, William Burden - lead roles; San Francisco Opera/ Patrick Summers, conducting
The Refuge (2007) Libretto by Leah Lax
For soloists, chorus, orchestra, and several non-Western ensembles
Commissioned by Houston Grand Opera
ca. 90'
Libretto by Leah Lax; Houston Grand Opera: Albina Shagimuratova, Rebekah Camm, sopranos; Faith Sherman, Jamie Barton, mezzo-sopranos; Beau Gibson, tenor; Liam Bonner, baritone; Ryan McKinny, bass-baritone; Philip Evbomoen, tenor soloist; Julie Trinh Dang, dan bau and dan tranh; Ali Durrani, Qawwali singer; Chandrakantha Courtney, sitars; David Courtney, tabla; Giridahar Kalamanglam, Samhitha Murthy, tanpuras; Vadim Angerov, bayan; Gifted and Talented Vocal Ensemble; Spanish Choir, Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral Chorus; Children’s Chorus and Orchestra of HOUSTON GRAND OPERA; Patrick Summers, conducting
The Thirteen Clocks (2002) An opera in two acts
Based on the James Thurber story,
The Thirteen Clocks Libretto by Peter Webster
Commissioned by the Moores School of Music
ca. 120'
The Invention of Music (2001) After the Sophocles Satyr Play, The Ichneutiae
Libretto by William M. Hoffman
For soloists, chorus, orchestra, rock singer and band, and dancers (may be performed in concert or stage version)
Commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic
ca. 40'
Libretto by William M. Hoffman based on a Sophocles Satyr Play. Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano; Nathaniel Webster, tenor; Earle Patriarco, bass-baritone
Brooklyn Philharmonic/Robert Spano, conducting