The Face by composer Donald Crockett with libretto by David St. John makes its public debut on April 25, 2012 with excerpts performed by the cast for the full-length premiere run beginning August 25. The characters are portrayed by tenor Daniel Norman, baritone Thomas Meglioranza, mezzo-soprano Janna Baty, and soprano Jane Sheldon. The main character is a ficticious present-day poet living in Venice Beach struggling with the loss of his lover and the unraveling of his personal life while he participates in the filming of a documentary about his career. The opera combines musical theater, choreography, and an original silent film which is projected onto the stage as a key dramatic element in the story.
The Face is written for a cast of 4 (Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor and Baritone) with an ensemble of 8 musicians including: Flute (doubling Piccolo, Alto and Bass Flutes), F Horn, 1 Percussionist, Guitar (doubling Acoustic and Electric Slide Guitars), Piano, Violin, Cello, and Double Bass. The opera consists of 11 scenes over approximately 80 minutes. For more information, visit The Face Opera.