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Boosey’s catalog contains a wealth of chamber opera gems—from well-known classic works arranged for smaller forces, to contemporary works that employ compact, imaginative scoring.

Below is a list of chamber operas published by Boosey—featuring few singers onstage and reduced instrumental forces—giving opera companies the flexibility to present great art under new guidelines while we recover together.

Listen to our YouTube playlist of chamber operas here.

Michel van der Aa: After Life
Opera for 6 singers, ensemble, video and electronic soundtrack
Duration: 100 minutes

John Adams: I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky
Songplay in two acts
Duration: 110 minutes

Louis Andriessen: Anaïs Nin
For amplified singer, ensemble, and film
Duration: 30 minutes

Dominick Argento: A Postcard from Morocco
Chamber opera in one act
Duration: 90 minutes

Jack Beeson: Lizzie Borden
Chamber version in seven scenes
Duration: 90 minutes

Jack Beeson: Dr Heidegger’s Fountain of Youth
Chamber opera in one act
Duration: 42 minutes

Leonard Bernstein: A Quiet Place
New version with chamber ensemble
Duration: 100 minutes

Leonard Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti
One act opera in seven scenes
Duration: 40 minutes
> 8-instrument version
> 15-instrument version

Harrison Birtwistle: The Io Passion
Chamber opera
Duration: 95 minutes

Harrison Birtwistle: The Corridor
A scena for soprano, tenor and ensemble
Duration: 48 minutes

Harrison Birtwistle: The Cure
for two singers and ensemble
Duration: 56 minutes

Benjamin Britten: The Turn of the Screw
Chamber opera in a prologue and two acts
Duration: 101 minutes

Benjamin Britten: Albert Herring
Comic opera in three acts
Duration: 137 minutes

Benjamin Britten: The Rape of Lucretia
Chamber opera in two acts
Duration: 107 minutes

Luigi Cherubini: The Betrothed of Three and the Husband of None
Dramma giocoso per musica
Duration: 150 minutes

Carlisle Floyd: Slow Dusk
A musical play in one act
Duration: 40 minutes

Detlev Glanert: Three Water Plays
Three chamber operas based on the ‘Three Minute Plays’ by Thornton Wilder
Leviathan / Der Engel auf dem Schiff / Der Engel, der das Wasser bewegte
Duration: 58 minutes

Detlev Glanert: Nijinsky’s Diary
For two singers, two actors, two dancers and instrumental ensemble
Duration: 95 minutes

HK Gruber: Gloria von Jaxtberg
Music-theatre piece in two acts for 5 singers and 9 musicians
Duration: 90 minutes

Elena Kats-Chernin: Iphis
Opera for six singers and nine musicians
Duration: 70 minutes

Argyris Kounadis: The Sandman
Ten scenes
Duration: 90 minutes

David T. Little: Dog Days
Opera in three acts for 6 singers, 1 actor and amplified chamber ensemble
Duration: 127 minutes

David T. Little: Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera
Chamber opera version
Duration: 40 minutes

Tod Machover: Schoenberg in Hollywood
Chamber opera
Duration: 90 minutes

James MacMillan: Clemency
Chamber opera for 5 singers and string orchestra
Duration: 45 minutes

James MacMillan: Parthenogenesis
Scena for soprano, baritone, actress and chamber ensemble
Duration: 50 minutes

Bohuslav Martinu: The Marriage
Opéra-bouffe in one act
Duration: 45 minutes

Peter Maxwell Davies: Mr Emmet Takes a Walk
A Dramatic Sonata
Duration: 60 minutes

Jacques Offenbach: Croquefer ou Le dernier des Paladins
Opéra-bouffe in one act
Duration: 45 minutes
> 13-instrument version
> 5-instrument version

Jacques Offenbach: Mesdames de la Halle
Opérette-bouffe in one act
Duration: 50 minutes

Jacques Offenbach: Le Soldat magician
Opéra-comique in one act
Duration: 55 minutes

Sergei Prokofieff: The Fiery Angel
Opera in five acts and seven scenes (15-instrument version)
Duration: 125 minutes

Steve Reich: The Cave
Audio-visual music theatre work
Duration: 122 minutes

Steve Reich: Three Tales
For vocal quintet and ensemble with video projection
Duration: 60 minutes

Ned Rorem: Hearing
Five Scenes for 4 Singers and 7 Instrumentalists
Duration: 22 minutes

Ned Rorem: Robbers
Melodrama in one scene
Duration: 28 minutes

Iris ter Schiphorst / Helmut Oehring: Silence Moves I
Soundtrack for an imaginary film
Duration: 60 minutes

Mark Simpson: Pleasure
Chamber opera
Duration: 70 minutes

Igor Stravinsky: Mavra
Opera buffa in one act (5- and 6-instrument versions)
Duration: 25 minutes

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Lyrical scenes in three acts (10-instrument version)
Duration: 150 minutes

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Coraline
Opera for family audiences
Duration: 100 minutes

Claude Vivier: Kopernikus
Opera in 2 acts, for 7 singers, 7 (or 8) players and tape
Duration: 70 minutes

Photo: John Adams, I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky

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