Anya17 (2011) music by Adam Gorb; libretto by Ben Kaye; artistic director – Caroline Clegg.
ABOUT: Based on extensive research with Caseworkers and experts from ten supporting Charities, Anya17 is a highly dramatic interpretation of the lives of four young women Trafficked from Eastern Europe and sold into sexual slavery.
Cuatro Corridos (2013) music by Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hebert Vázquez; libretto by Jorge Luis Volpi; artistic director – Susan Narucki
ABOUT: Cuatro Corridos is a chamber opera addressing one of the most critical human rights issues of our time: human trafficking. Based on true events, it tells the story of women trapped in a cycle of prostitution and slavery in and around the San Diego/Tijuana border region. Cuatro Corridos represents an unprecedented collaboration between internationally acclaimed Mexican and US-based creative artists.
Stinney (2015) music and libretto by Frances Pollock
ABOUT: Stinney is an opera set in Alcolu, South Carolina in 1944. The story is told from the perspective of two young murder victims: Mary Emma Thames and Betty June Binnicker. The girls guide the audience through the repercussions of their horrific deaths and the ensuing trial of George Stinney, a fourteen-year-old African American boy and the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th Century.
A Woman in Morocco (2013) music by Daron Hagen; libretto by Barbara Grecki and Daron Hagen
ABOUT: “When she checks in to the Cypress, a run-down pensione in Morocco, the life of Lizzy Holmes, a young American travel writer, unravels. She becomes entangled in the world of its denizens, all of whose lives orbit Ahmed, a charismatic, handsome, morally pliable Tunisian. Teddy, a dissolute English expat, owner of the Cypress, keeps Ahmed in his employ to satisfy all desires. Not knowing that Ahmed is married to Asilah, an Arabic woman who was trafficked, sold, branded in shame, Lizzy befriends her and helps her to learn English. The ensuing love triangle fuels Lizzy’s self-destructive submission to aphasia and drugs. A plan devised for Asilah to leave the country ends in betrayal and death.”
ABOUT: Angel’s Bone tells the story of two fallen angels who are found in a middle-class couple’s garden, who nurture the wounded cherubs back to health only to force them into prostitution to earn back their plucked feathers.