Film Stills

National Sawdust Commission*

Currently in Development / World Premiere 2020

The Film Stills project pairs each of four of Cindy Sherman’s iconic Film Stills with a separate composition that takes the audience into the world of each scene. Much like Sherman expanded the possibilities of using only one model in her work, the opera challenges conventional operatic musical texture by using only one voice. This collaboration explores the world inside of the Film Stills through the use of both acoustic and amplified soundscapes in an intimate dramatic chamber music setting.

Director: R.B. Schlather

Composers:  Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Du Yun, and Paola Prestini

Libretto: Royce Vavrek

Starring: Eve Gigliotti, mezzo-soprano

Contact: Courtenay Casey (