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Having Guests for Dinner (2020/2023)
Libretto by Robert Feng, Composed by Nick Bentz

A Comic-Horror Opera in One Act

Having Guests for Dinner (2020) is a comic horror opera in one act with music by Nick Bentz. 

When Marcus and Laura arrive at their friend's coworker's house for a dinner party, things take an unexpected turn for the macabre. Over the course of the dinner, the couple becomes increasingly suspicious that their elegant host is actually a cannibal. Curious guests always make the best food in this dark comedy!

Having Guests for Dinner received its virtual premiere as a 16 minute long micro-opera with New Opera West and received its full length premiere in February 2024 with SUNY Fredonia, the Western NY Chamber Orchestra, and Kor Productions.

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Full-Length Premiere: February 18, 2024 

at SUNY Fredonia, Rosch Recital Hall

with WYNCO & /Kor/ Productions

Length: 1 Hour 30 Minutes (Full Length Version)

(Scored for S-T-B + 2 Spoken)

Premiere Cast:

Mia Mandineau - Laura
Dan Novak - Marcus
Patrick Connolly - Christoph Aberfeld

Dominic Townsend - Police Officer 1 / Christoph cover

Bridgette Turner - Police Officer 2

Glen Cortese - Conductor

Julie Newell - Director

James Welch - piano

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"Curious guests always make the best food!"

Virtual Premiere: June 17, 2020 at New Opera West

Length: 16 Minutes (Micro-Opera Version)

1 Hour 30 Minutes (Full Length Version)

(Scored for S-T-B)

Premiere Cast:

Janet Szepei Todd (soprano) - Laura
Edmond Rodriguez (tenor) - Marcus
Anthony Moreno (baritone) - Christoph Aberfeld

Mark Lanz Weiser - piano/music director

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