Noon at Dusk | a chamber opera in six scenes | libretto by Yi Hong Sim | music by Stephen Lewis | Premiere performances: May 11, 13, 14 ~ 2016 ~ University of California, San Diego | Two couples face a difficult yet increasingly common dilemma: should you go where you must to pursue your ideal career aspirations, or stay with a partner who cannot follow you? Annelise and Daniela’s long-term commitment to each other is challenged when Annelise has the chance to realize her professional dreams, while the threat of Eliot’s job loss puts his young love for Lisha to the test. The forces that drive their choices are larger than any of them suspect, and the shadows of regret that follow implicate them all. A debut collaboration between composer Stephen Lewis and librettist Yi Hong Sim, Noon at Dusk is a complex, intimate tragedy of what it means to “make a living” in the postindustrial world. | Premiered in a three-show run on May 11th, 13th, and 14th, 2016, Noon at Dusk was hailed as “delectable,” with a “constantly shifting sonic world [that] proved fascinating and effective” and a “moving, universal story about what really counts between 21st-century laborers.”
Stephen lives in Portland, Oregon and regularly performs with the Oregon Symphony, Fear No Music, and various professional musicians. He maintains an active teaching studio and collaborates with many of the top teaching studios in the area as an accompanist. Stephen has performed on the Astoria Music Festival, Oregon Music Festival, All-Classical Radio, the Fear No Music Young Composers Project, at the 2018 OMTA-WSMTA state conference, and at many other locations.
For the full video of Noon at Dusk, excerpts, scores, the libretto, synopsis, and links to reviews, please visit: www.stephenlewiscomposer.com/noon-at-dusk/