Death of IVAN ILYCH Music by John Young with Libretto by Alan Olejniczak. Adapted from The Death of Ivan Ilych from the 1886 Novella by Leo Tolstoy. A Full Length Chamber Opera in One Act with a cast: 4 men, 1 women, 1 child (non singing) String quintet (or string ensemble), Oboe & Piano Ivan Ilych, a well-positioned man, looks back and considers what is a meaningful life. "There are quiet, subtle moments in John Young's score that beautifully and somehow effortlessly underscore the spirit of Tolstoy's world, which Alan Olejniczak's libretto lays out in scenes that are intimate and revealing in precise and poetic language."
Workshop Concert with Opera Orlando, May 2020
MY BELOVED MAN
A song cycle for tenor and piano based on the love letters between Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. Dedicated to dear friends of mine, Doug & Louis.