Blarvuster has served as the “pit orchestra” for many of Welch’s tour-ready operas.
On May 6 2018, Experiments in Opera premiered And Here We Are, the new shadow puppet opera from co-founder Matthew Welch, with libretto by Daniel Neer. This 90-minute work for 4 vocal soloists and mixed ensemble will be staged using an updated take on traditional Javanese shadow puppetry and will feature Welch’s long-time ensemble Blarvuster with Mantra Percussion. And Here We Are is based on the memoirs of Matthew’s great uncle Edgar, and is being developed with director and designer Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew.
Daniel Neer, baritone
Ben Holmes, trumpet
Joe Bergen, percussion
Chris Graham, percussion
Ian Riggs, bass guitar
Joe Tucker, drums
Matthew Welch, conductor
Assistant Direction and Design: Tomas Del Valle
Puppeteers: Emma Wiseman, Meghan Williams, Maria Cama, Justin Perkins, Leah Ogawa
Video Design and Programming: Chris Carcione
Toy Theater of Town Hall built by: Eric (Jiaying) Zhang
Additional Design Edits: Tom Lee
Barbarella – an opera film trailer for mezzo-soprano, narrator, electronics and video. An opera as film trailer modeled on the 1968 film Barbarella. 3 minutes.
ReAnimator Requiem (2013)
ReAnimator Requiem– for choir (ssaattbb), electric guitar, bass guitar and drums (Blarvuster), 30 minutes, one act.
The Three Truths (2012)
The Three Truths, a Robot Micro-Opera, 8 minutes. Anne Rhodes and Jeffrey Gavett soloists, Paolo Bortolameolli conducting.
Borges and the Other (2007-2012)
Borges and the Other is scored for 4 solo singers (2 mezzo-sopranos, tenor and baritone) and SATB chorus, and an expanded version of Blarvuster as the orchestra, and can be performed as an 85 minute 2-Act opera or 3 separable sub-acts each roughly 25-30 minutes.
The opera is about the Argentine fiction writer Jorge Luis Borges, with text adapted and inspired by Borges. The Opera centers on Borges meeting himself in a dream, and through inquisitive dialogue, it becomes a surreal look at the self. The Chorus functions like a Greek chorus with contemplative text. All of the singers and choristers represent Borges as an idea and image. Produced by Experiments in Opera and premiered at Roulette, NYC, May 2012.