stoned prince


Music by Hannah Lash
Libretto by Royce Vavrek

About the Work Creators Video/Audio Gallery Press Performances


Stoned Prince examines moments in the public and imagined private life of His Royal Highness, Prince Harry. Composers & the Voice alumna Hannah Lash’s music inhabits a bizarre, late-night emotional space, an appropriately dark and strange canvas for Royce Vavrek’s (Dog Days) libretto that unfolds via its hero’s drunken phone calls. Revealing the frailty and bravado beneath the crown, Stoned Prince follows the ginger rascal royal through his fair share of controversy, including an on-again, off-again relationship with the Zimbabwean Chelsy Davy, a penchant for liquor and marijuana, and a Nazi Halloween costume that remains his biggest lapse in judgment.

Stoned Prince is being developed as a 70 minute work for baritone/countertenor with bass clarinet, trumpet, and trombone. It is being written for the ensemble Loadbang as an expansion of a dramatic song-cycle that premiered in 2013.

Developed in partnership with The John Duffy Composers Institute.


Prize-winning composer Hannah Lash has emerged as a leading voice of her generation. In addition to numerous academic awards, she has received the ASCAP-Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a fellowship from Yaddo Artist Colony, the Naumburg Prize, the Bernard Rogers Prize, and the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Prize. She has received commissions from the Fromm Foundation, the Naumburg Foundation, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, the Orpheus Duo, the Howard Hanson Foundation, Case Western Reserve’s University Circle Wind Ensemble, MAYA, Great Noise Ensemble, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.Her orchestral music has been singled out by the American Composers Orchestra, which selected Furthermore for the 2010 Underwood New Music Readings, and by the Minnesota Orchestra, which selected her work God Music Bug Music for performance in January 2012 as part of the Minnesota Composers Institute. Her chamber opera Blood Rosewas presented by NYC Opera’s VOX in the spring of 2011. Lash’s music has also been performed at Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, the Chelsea Art Museum, Harvard University, Tanglewood Music Center, the Times Center, and the Chicago Art Institute. She was a Composers & the Voice fellow in the 2005-06 season.

Royce Vavrek is a Brooklyn-based writer of opera, musical theater, and concert works.  His notable lyrics/libretti include Dog Days, Am I Born and Vinkensport, or the Finch Opera with David T. Little; 27 with Ricky Ian Gordon; Song from the Uproar with Missy Mazzoli; O Columbia with Gregory Spears; Strip Mall with Matt Marks; Yoani and The Hubble Cantata with Paola Prestini; Violations and Stoned Prince with Hannah Lash; and The Hunger Art and Maren of Vardø with Jeff Myers.  Upcoming projects include JFK with David T. Little; Angel’s Bone with Du Yun; Midwestern Gothic with Joshua Schmidt; The Wild Beast of the Bungalow with Rachel Peters; Knoxville: Summer of 2015 with Ellen Reid; Epistle with Julian Wachner; The House Without a Christmas Tree with Ricky Ian Gordon; and Breaking the Waves, an adaptation of the film by Lars von Trier, with Missy Mazzoli. Royce is Co-Artistic Director with soprano Lauren Worsham of the opera-theater company The Coterie, and an alum of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University (Montreal), the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU, and American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program.

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October 22, 2013
Eight Songs for a Stoned Prince (concert version)
Evolution Contemporary Music Series
Baltimore, MD
Performances by Loadbang, bass clarinetist Alejandro T. Acierto, baritone Jeffrey Gavett, trumpeter Andy Kozar, and trombonist William Lang.

April 8, 2013
Eight Songs for a Stoned Prince (concert version premiere)
Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival 2013
Symphony Space - New York, NY
Performances by Loadbang, bass clarinetist Alejandro T. Acierto, baritone Jeffrey Gavett, trumpeter Andy Kozar, and trombonist William Lang.


October 11, 2013
Excerpts from Stoned Prince
AOP25: Celebrating Composers & the Voice
Presented by The Phoenix Concerts and AOP
Church of Saint Matthew and Saint Timothy - New York, NY
Performed by Kyle Guglielmo (baritone) and Mila Henry (piano)

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