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After Life

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


After Life

Product Number: 8557*

Composer: Cipullo, Tom

Sku Product Name Price Qty
8557 After Life (Piano/Vocal Score)
8557A After Life (Additional Full Score)
8557B After Life (Libretto)
file_8557B-E After Life (Downloadable Libretto)


Composed by Tom Cipullo.

Written by David Mason.

GIRL (teen, a victim of the Holocaust)Soprano

After Life imagines a post-mortem reunion of Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein. Stein believes her beloved Alice B. Toklas has conjured her back to life, while Picasso wonders which of his many lovers has called him up from the abyss. When both realize, to their disappointment, that their great loves are not present, the two towering figures discuss their lives, their complex relationship, and their activities during the Second World War. Their outsized egos clash, resentment between them boils over and, as they confront each other, a third voice rises from the darkness. A young girl, a victim of the Holocaust, appears, and it is her questioning that has brought Stein and Picasso back from the dead. Why did she die while they lived on? Can the two artists, whose work endures, ever know death as she does? Who will remember her, when she barely remembers herself? Duration: ca. 45 minutes


Cipullo’s musical language, rooted in tonality with generous helpings of dissonance, is direct, succinct and original. His thorough understanding of the human voice allows him to create fully dimensional characters that are sympathetic and imminently believable… [a] finely wrought exploration of the role of art in times of grave crisis.
-Washington Post, April 4, 2016

…a compelling hour of musical theater.
-Seattle Gay News, May 15, 2015

...inventive, pitch-perfect, thought-provoking and refreshing.
-Oregon ArtsWatch


Additional Information

Product Number 8557*
Available Editions Full score and parts available for rental.
Composer/Arranger Cipullo, Tom
Text Author Mason, David
Voicing & Instruments Chamber Opera in One Act
Difficulty Difficult
Language of Text English
Historical Period 21st Century
Premier May 11, 2015, Music of Remembrance (Seattle)
Notable & Recent Performances Music of Remembrance
Loyola University New Orleans, 2018
Opera Colorado, 2018
Chelsea Opera, 2018
Popular Opera Searches Bestseller, One Act/Chamber Opera
Publisher E. C. Schirmer Music Company

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