A 10-MINUTE OPERA
Music by Zonia, Tsang Lok Sze
Libretto by Alex Higgin-Houser
Tobacco heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke, late in her life, paid the bail of Imelda Marcos, the kleptocratic first lady of the Philippines, who was being detained in Manhattan, and nobody is quite sure why. This opera imagines a supernatural meeting between Doris and Imelda, at Shangri-La, Doris's Hawaiian estate, in search of an answer.
Shangri-La was developed as part of the Duke House Operas, a presentation of NYU Tisch and the American Opera Project.
Casting: 1 Soprano, 1 Alto, 1 Bass
The premiere of Shangri-La was postponed indefinitely due to the covid-19 pandemic. However, we were able to work with the cast to create a demo recording, below. This performance features Melissa Harvey as Doris Duke, Brittany Fowler as Imelda Marcos, and Kofi Hayford as Jimmy.
2020 Developed as part of American Opera Project/NYU Tisch's
Duke House Operas.