Baltimore's opera scene takes an intriguing turn this weekend when The Figaro Project presents the premieres this weekend of three one-act works by local composers.
"The goal was to give a sampling of contemporary opera, but I didn't want to overwhelm anyone," said Caitlin Vincent, a Peabody Conservatory-trained soprano who founded The Figaro Project in 2009. "I contacted composers I was interested in working with and asked for works under 40 minutes and in English. Each composer wrote his own libretto. All the works are quite tonal."
"Piecing it Apart," billed as a crime drama, is by Paul Mathews, associate dean for academic affairs at Peabody. "The opera is set near Sykesville," said Vincent. "It alternates between an interrogation room and flashbacks to the the last night a guy and his girlfriend were together."