Arias from the Operas of Missy Mazzoli

Arias from the Operas of Missy Mazzoli
© Missy Mazzoli; photo: Caroline Tompkins

A selection of arias from the acclaimed operas by Missy Mazzoli are now available for individual purchase as vocal scores exclusively from Classical on Demand. These touching, powerful, inventive moments join her earlier opera excerpts for voice and piano or small ensemble in a formidable series for singers.

Breaking the Waves
Mazzoli’s opera Breaking the Waves (libretto by Royce Vavrek) was awarded the inaugural Award for Best New Opera by the Music Critics Association of North America and hailed as “among the best twenty-first-century American operas yet produced” by Opera News. It is based on the film by Lars von Trier (Zentropa Entertainments3).

Epilogue – baritone and piano
Golden Heart – mezzo-soprano and piano
Goodness, What Powers You Possess
tenor and piano
tenor, violin, viola, piano
His Name is Jan
soprano and piano
soprano and string quartet
Map of Jan's Body – soprano and piano

Proving Up
In its collection of The Best Classical Music of 2018, The New York Times praised Mazzoli's score for Proving Up (libretto by Vavrek, based on the short story by Karen Russell) as “a landscape of shimmering aridity.” Pentatone released its premiere recording in 2020.

All That's Required – soprano and piano
Got to Entice – baritone and piano
Miles and Nore, Proving Up
tenor and piano
tenor, violin, viola, piano
Queer Little Trees – baritone and piano
Strange Dreams – mezzo-soprano and piano
The West is a Land of Infinite Beginnings – bass and piano
Who Owns the Land?
tenor and piano
tenor, violin, viola, piano

Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt
At its premiere, The Wall Street Journal said of her multimedia chamber opera, Song from the Uproar (libretto by Mazzoli and Vavrek), “It was both powerful and new.” The story is inspired by the life of the unorthodox Swiss writer and explorer Isabelle Eberhardt. Its recording is on New Amsterdam.

Here Where Footprints Erase the Graves – mezzo-soprano and piano
Mektoub (It Is Written) – mezzo-soprano and piano
This World Within Me is Too Small – mezzo-soprano and piano
You Are the Dust
mezzo-soprano and piano
mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass

additional selected vocal works:
As Long As We Live
mezzo-soprano and piano
high baritone and piano
baritone and piano
A Flourish of Green – soprano, tenor, and piano
Lorca in the Bronx – soprano and piano
Shy Girl Shouting Music – soprano, electric guitar, double bass, piano

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