Composed by joseph rubinstein
libretto by jason kim
Famed drag performer Dee Legendary embarks on a passionate love affair with Officer John, whose fascination with Dee takes an unexpected and dangerous turn. Inspired by a true story, Legendary is an opera about double lives and destructive desires set in the glory days of New York City’s underground drag culture.
Composer Joseph Rubinstein and librettist Jason Kim’s is a stylish and flamboyant, intimate and daring, lyrical chamber opera fused with 1980s dance music, jazz and pop influences.
Duration 85' / no intermission
Commission Legendary is currently in development with American Opera Projects. It has received development workshops and support from AOP’s Composers & the Voice program, Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers Showcase, and The Hermitage Artist Retreat.
Roles 5 singers (1 countertenor, 2 tenor, 1 baritone, 1 bass / baritone)
Instrumentation violin, viola, cello, keyboard(s), acoustic / electric bass, 2 percussion (drums / percussion)
Publisher Staged performances of this work require licensing through the creators.