Opera for 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass-baritone, and optional SATB chorus, with flute, oboe, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and double bass. 83 mins.
A chamber opera in one act inspired by the life of Mabel Dodge Luhan: an early 20th century writer, philanthropist, and international icon of the avant-garde.
- mabelscall.com – Project website with synopsis, background, and additional recordings.
- Blog: “Mabel’s Call” Selected for Fort Worth Opera’s 2018 Frontiers Showcase
Excerpts (20 minutes) from the piano-vocal score will be performed in a concert reading at Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers showcase. Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth TX, 5/03/18. More info and tickets.
Workshop production of full score presented by University of New Mexico, UNM Opera Theatreat Keller Hall, Albuquerque NM, 11/02, 11/03, and 11/04/18. (Performance times and ticketing information TBA.)
Performance & Development History
Summer 2017 Artist Residency at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Taos NM.
Conversation and video screening of excerpts from Mabel’s Call with Nell Shaw Cohen, moderated by author Lois Rudnick, in celebration of Taos’s annual Mabel Dodge Luhan Day. Harwood Museum of Art, Taos NM, 6/18/17.
Excerpts (ca. 20 mins) from piano-vocal score presented in workshop reading as part of “Composers & the Voice: Six Scenes” program produced by American Opera Projects. Performed by Tookah Sapper, soprano; Blake Friedman, tenor; Kyle Guglielmo, baritone; and Mila Henry, piano, at South Oxford Space in Brooklyn, NY, 9/29/16 and The National Opera Center in New York NY, 10/02/16.
Excerpts (ca. 40 mins) from piano-vocal score presented in workshop reading, in conjunction with exhibit Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West, performed by Shelley Jackson, soprano; Andre Garcia-Nuthmann, tenor; Carlos Archuleta, baritone; and Kristin Ditlow, piano, at the Harwood Museum of Art, Taos NM, 8/12/16.
Summer 2016 Artist Residency at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Taos NM.
Aria Tony Teaches Me (ca. 4 mins) performed by Tookah Sapper, soprano, and Charity Wicks, piano, on “Composers & the Voice: First Glimpse” presented by American Opera Projects, South Oxford Space, Brooklyn NY, 5/13 & 5/14/16.
Broadway World, “Six Composer-Librettist Teams Selected for Fort Worth Opera’s Diverse 2018 Showcase” on selection of Mabel’s Call for Frontiers showcase. (3/16/18)
The Taos News, “Mabel’s life in song: New chamber opera explores the early Taos life of Mabel Dodge Luhan” on Mabel’s Call presentation at the Harwood Museum of Art. (6/15/17)
The Taos News, “Mabel Dodge Luhan, as operatic vision” on Mabel’s Call at the Harwood Museum of Art. (8/11/16)
The Mabel Dodge Luhan House Blog, “Mabel Dodge Luhan Inspires Nell Shaw Cohen Opera” on Mabel’s Call workshop concert at the Harwood Museum of Art. (8/10/16)
New Mexico Magazine, “Creator of Creators” on Mabel Dodge Luhan exhibit at the Harwood Museum of Art, with reference to Mabel’s Call. (May ’16)
On August 2016 workshop: “[Mabel’s Call] was a triumph of beauty, power, and art. To live to see this was a gift from the muse of music. We wept…Nell Shaw Cohen will take this opera all the way to the top!” —Lois Rudnick, Biographer of Mabel Dodge Luhan