Michael John LaChiusa Writing Opera for the Internet Age

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Michael John LaChiusa's new work for Houston Grand Opera tells the story of a woman looking for romance over the Internet, according to a synopsis provided by the company.

Soprano Audra McDonald will premiere the one-woman opera, which has music and libretto by LaChiusa, next March. The program will also include Poulenc's La Voix humaine, in which a woman ends a relationship over the telephone.

The new opera begins with the woman "meeting" a man through an Internet dating service and proposing that he call her. While she waits for him to call, she imagines their entire lives together, from dating through marriage and death. As the opera ends, the phone rings and their relationship begins.

LaChiusa is the composer of the Broadway musicals The Wild Party, Marie Christine, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. He served as the Lyric Opera of Chicago's composer in residence in 1998-99, and the company later premiered his Lovers & Friends: Chatauqua Variations.

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