Editions 75 publishes the works by the American composer Tom Johnson

Ecoutez le temps [2010] PDF Print E-mail
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The baritone, the tenor and the soprano all try to listen to time for 15 minutes. The pianist and the audience do too. In French but easily translatable. 10€.
L'Opéra de quatre notes [The Four Note Opera] (1972)
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The composer’s first opera, and the best known. Published in America by G. Schirmer, but now also available in French from Editions 75.  Approx. 60 min., 30€.

Read also The Four Note Opera, 32 years later by the composer. 

Riemannoper (1988) PDF Print E-mail
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A comic opera in two acts, with text from the Riemann Musiklexikon, in German. Baritone, tenor, prima donna, prima donna assoluta, and piano. 90 minutes, 35€. 

Production History/mises-en-scène/Aufführungen/producciones:


1988 Bremer Theater (world premier/création/Uraufführung/estreno)

1989 Opera Forum Johng, Enschede (Niederland)

1990 Transparant Kameropera, Antwerpen (Belgien)

1990 Nationaltheater Mannheim

1991 Städitische Bühnen Osnabrück

1991 Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover

1992 Ulmer Theater

1992 Theater der Altmark, Stendal

1992 Wiener Kammeroper

1993 Landestheater Coburg

1994 Hochschule für Musik, Köln

1994 Sächsische Staatsoper , Dresden

1995 Det jydske Musik-konservatorium, Aarhus (Denmark)

1996 Eduard-von-Winterstein Theater, Annaberg-Buchholz

1996 Theater Erfurt

1996 Theater Görlitz

1997 Theater am Gärtnerplatz, München

1997 Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf 

1998 Volkstheater Rostock

1998 Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe

1998 Stadtstheater, Wiesbaden

1999 Theater Vorpommern

1998 Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden

1999 Theater Vorpommern

2000 Staatstheater Cottbus

2000 Staatstheater Braunschweig

2000 Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach

2001 Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater, Schwerin

2001 Schauspielhaus Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin

2003 Theater Hof

2004 Nordharzer Städtebund Theater

2006 Landestheater Linz

2007 Oper Leipzig (Keller Theater)

2010 Luzerner Theater (Schweiz)

2011 Cross Oper Zürich

2012 Bühnen Halle Oper (press)


Shaggy Dog Operas PDF Print E-mail
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“I had always loved the Americans tradition known as ‘shaggy dog stories,’ those repetitive stories that take a very long time to tell until they finally end with some dumb punch line, usually a simple word play or an ironic remark, so my next operatic attempt, in 1978, went in that direction. The result was five chamber operas, about 15 minutes each, which I staged myself in a small loft space in Lower Manhattan.” (from The Four Note Opera, 32 Years Later by Tom Johnson)

Four of these short operas are still done from time to time: Drawers, in which a solo soprano searches for her thimble; Dryer, in which a fisherman catches fish and hangs them on the clothes line to dry; Door, in which two women sing “yawn” a lot, and wonder whether they should answer the door; and Window, where two men strive to clean a dirty window.

Drawers (1978)

She looks for her thimble and finally finds it on her finger. Soprano and piano, text in English, French, German. 15 minutes, 10€.


1. Lost.

2. It's lost.

3. Where is it ?

4. It must be here.

5. Where is my thimble ?

6. I must try to find it.

7. It is not in my pocket.

8. And it did not fall on the floor.

9. Oh look, I have it on my finger. 

10. Now I do not have to look anymore.  

Dryer (1978)

The baritone catches fish and hangs them up to dry while the tenor looks on, wondering why. Baritone and piano, in English, 15 minutes, 10€.

Door (1978)

Someone is at the door, but the two singers are too tired to answer it. They sing many cadences on the word "yawn." Two sopranos and piano, 10€.

Window (1978)

The window is dirty and it takes 15 minutes to clean it. Tenor, baritone, piano, in English, 7€.

Un'Opera Italiana (1991) PDF Print E-mail
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Twelve scenes in Italian, interrupted by recitatives, in which seven experts explain everything in the language of the audience. Never performed. 20 singers, seven intellectuals, and orchestra, two hours. Orchestra material on rental. Vocal score 40€.
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