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EXPLORING THE
BEAUTY OF SOUND

Enter the beguiling realm of a musical odyssey,
where each opus unfolds as a poignant movement
in her melodic tapestry. Every composition, a verse
in her sonorous chronicle, entwines sentiments and
tales into mellifluous tunes.
Enter the beguiling realm of a musical
odyssey, where each opus unfolds as a
poignant movement in her melodic tapestry.
Every composition, a verse in her sonorous
chronicle, entwines sentiments and tales
into mellifluous tunes.

Chamber opera of a poisonous lie story
for soprano, baritone, fixed media, video and ensemble.

"Life cannot bloom brilliant flowers from lies"
by Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (German Poet)


The Opera

The chamber opera "Telosma Cordata's Dream" is a compelling response to the pressing human trafficking issue currently afflicting Taiwan. The narrative unfolds as individuals fall prey to deceptive job offers, leading them to be trafficked to Southeast Asian countries. Once there, they find themselves either coerced into participating in fraudulent activities within scam groups or facing the ominous prospect of organ trafficking.

The libretto, authored personally, endeavors to illuminate the gravity of these circumstances. The deliberate choice of the widely recognized flower, "Telosma Cordata," serves as a symbolic representation, adding depth and resonance to the opera's thematic exploration.

Synopsis

Telosma Cordata, a young woman dealing with money problems in a small town, dreams of having a better life. She's struggling with her limited situation and finds a bit of hope in her dreams. One night, she has a vivid dream.

In this dream, she's in a magical world where everyone has special powers. However, she's different because she doesn't have any magic. There, she meets Noctis, a powerful wizard, who offers to make her dreams come true through magic.

Excited about the chance, Telosma agrees to a deal with Noctis. She becomes a special flower that only blooms at night, and Noctis uses her nice smell to attract people and make money. The only rule is she can't be in sunlight, or she'll die.

As Telosma goes along with this dream arrangement, she discovers something troubling. The smell that attracts people to her has a side effect - those who smell it turn into flowers, unknowingly helping Noctis become more powerful. She realizes Noctis wasn't honest, and she's unintentionally making people his slaves.

In a brave move, Telosma decides to face the sunlight, sacrificing herself to break the cycle. The dream ends with her evaporating in the sun.

When Telosma Cordata wakes up, she thinks deeply about her dream. This reflection leads to a change in her perspective on life.

Libretto by Wei-Chia(Veronica) Wu
Commissioned by Puccini Chamber Opera Festival 2023
First performance: Lucca, Italy, April 29/2023
Teatro di San Girolamo, Puccini Chamber Opera Festival 2023
Soprano: Barbara Massaro,
Baritone: Lorenzo Martinuzzi,
Violin: Lorenzo Petrizzo,
Cello: Roberto Presepi,
Sound designer: Alberto Gatti,
Conductor: Manuel Del Ghingaro,
Artistic director: Alessandro J. Bianchi,
Stage director: Alessandro J. Bianchi

All
Solo
Chamber Music
Ensemble with Electronics
Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Mermaid

for solo cello
cello: Alexander Cousins

Step by Step

for solo saxophone with synthesizer
Premiere: Baltimore, Nov/2019
sax: Caleb Shannon

Full of Sentiment

for solo violin
Premiere: Baltimore, Oct/2019
violin: Ting-Xuan Miao

Cat's Night Time

for solo piano
Premiere: Tainan, Taiwan, Mar/2016

Aquarium

for ensemble Loadbang
Premiere: Boston, Jun/2021
bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone and tenor

Life's Mystery

for piano and soprano duo
Premiere: Baltimore, Mar/2021
soprano: Miranda Brugman

Butterfly

for guitar and violin duo
commissioned by Ensemble Balagan Duo

Interweave

for electric guitar and trumpet duo
Premiere: Boston, Jun/2021

Crimson Sixteen

for piano and violin duo
Premiere: Baltimore, Dec/2019, Griswold Hall
piano: Tian Gao, violin: Ting-Xuan Miao

Xu Xian

for woodwind quartet
Premiere: Vienna, Aug/2019
isa Music Festival

Ghost Doll Dream

for chamber dectet
Traditional Chinese instruments combination
Premiere: Tainan Taiwan, Nov/2017

Sugar Coat

for string quartet
Premiere: Tainan, Taiwan, Jun/2016

Point/Line/Plane

for strings and three woodwinds with synthesizer (Max)

La Fille Rose

for full orchestra with solo electric guitar

Vessel

for wind ensemble