New to E. C. Schirmer’s Opera Catalog: Works from Tom Cipullo & David Mason, and Michael Ching

E. C. Schirmer is thrilled to announce two new additions to our opera catalogue. After Life (2015) by Tom Cipullo, libretto by David Mason, is a chamber opera in one act for soprano, mezzo, and baritone set in World War II Paris. Michael Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost (1996) is a comic sequel in one act after Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Both works have received widespread attention from the opera community.


After Life

After Life was commissioned, and later recorded, by Music of Remembrance, a Seattle-based organization whose unique mission centers around the work of memory: of “remembering Holocaust musicians and their art through musical performances, educational programs, musical recordings, and commissions of new works.”

Photo by Michael Beaton. Production by Music of Remembrance (Seattle, 2015) with Catherine Cook (Gertrude Stein) and Robert Orth (Pablo Picasso).

Its story follows Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso as they are conjured back to life to debate their legacies and activities in WWII Paris. Their confrontation is interrupted by a young Holocaust victim who forces them to reconsider the meaning of death. It been hailed as a “finely wrought exploration of the role of art in times of grave crisis” (Washington Post) and “inventive, pitch-perfect, thought-provoking, and refreshing” (Oregon ArtsWatch).

At a Glance:
Chamber opera in one act for soprano, mezzo, and baritone
Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano
Duration: 50 minutes
Commissioned & Premiered by: Music of Remembrance
Recorded by: Music of Remembrance, released February 2016 by Naxos

For more information about these works, click here. Full scores and ordering information coming soon.

Tom Cipullo
Tom Cipullo

David Mason
David Mason


Buoso’s Ghost

Opera New Jersey, 2006 © Jeff Reeder

Buoso’s Ghost was first staged with the Pittsburgh Opera in 1996, and received the official premiere at Opera Memphis in 1997. The opera begins where Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi ends, and traces the sinister dealings of Buoso Donati’s family, who have allegedly poisoned Buoso. Throughout the opera, Schicchi exploits the family’s plot to outwit them time and time again.  The Chicago Tribune remarked that “Composer and librettist Ching … borrows snatches of Puccini tunes and weaves them into his own conservative-eclectic idiom, tossing in bits of American pop … for merry measure. The vocal writing is expert, the orchestration light enough to allow the singers to project the text clearly. Buoso is charming and unpretentious ….”

At a Glance:
Comic opera in one act
Instrumentation: 2 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, trombone, percussion, harp, synthesizer, strings
Duration: 40 minutes
Premiered by: Opera Memphis

For more information about these works, click here. Full scores and ordering information coming soon.

Michael Ching
Michael Ching

Major Performances

Pittsburgh Opera Center at Dusquesne (1996)
Opera Memphis (1997)
Indianapolis Opera (1999)
Chicago Opera Theater (2000)
Triangle Opera (2000)
Opera New Jersey (2006)
Opera Saratoga (2008)
Amarillo Opera (2010)
Southern Utah University (2010)
Bayview Music Festival (2011)
UNC-Chapel Hill (2014)
Texas State University (2015)
McGill University (2015)

 Upcoming Performances

SUNY Potsdam (2017)
OperaDelaware (2018)
University of Central Florida (2018)

Michael Ching also serves as the Opera Consultant for ECS Publishing Group. Please feel free to contact him directly in order to help match your available singers to the many works in the E. C. Schirmer and Galaxy opera catalogues.

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