The Vocal Arts & Opera program presents "Opera Scenes"



The Vocal Arts & Opera program presents "Opera Scenes"

Friday, June 11 | 7:00 p.m. (PDT)

Closed captioning available

The Vocal Arts & Opera program presents an evening of opera scenes featuring innovative video editing, sound design, and visual effects to perform contemporary libretti for the virtual stage.


This event originally aired on Friday, June 11, 2021.



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GRIS PAINTING 1, 2, & 3

The coal's runout.


GRIS PAINTING 1

The coal's runout.


GRIS PAINTING 1, 2, & 3

The zeppelins drop bombs in the Luxembourg Gardens, Luxembourg Gardens. Our teeth chatter, chatter, chatter.


GRIS PAINTING 3

She's burned all the pages.


GRIS PAINTING 1, 2, & 3

Failed pages, Manuscript pages. Manuscript pages. Writes more and more, More to be burned. Nobody wants Gertrude's pages.


GRIS PAINTING 1, 2, & 3

She said no war. She said no war. She writes and writes, writes more. With the bombs outside rattling their door, War is War is War. War is War is War.


GRIS PAINTING 1, 2, & 3

The bombs explode a block away, dropping in the Luxembourg Gardens, Luxembourg Gardens. Our teeth chatter chatter chatter.


ALICE

Your work is here in Paris. Writing, Writing, Writing


GERTRUDE

Paris is a pale absinthe.


ALICE

I do not like violence. You do not like change. So there is no war!


GERTRUDE

But there is a war!


ALICE

Poor Love, please write.


GERTRUDE

Hold me, Alice.


GERTRUDE

What is the answer? What is the answer?


GRIS PAINTING 1, 2, & 3

Take us away. Take us away.


GERTRUDE

Is there not a bag of coal to be found in all of Paris?

No way, no way for a genius to live!


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GERTRUDE

Oh boy, oh boy.

My name is Gertrude Stein.


DOUGHBOY

You hear the zeppelins? Stay inside!


GERTRUDE

My partner is shivering. I am an American writer and the blood in my hands is frozen blue. Can I beg you. Beg your helping a fellow countryman and his wife.


DOUGHBOY

Huh?


GERTRUDE

Two bags of coal.

Oh boy, oh boy. And please, a cigarette? Or two?


GERTRUDE

We're dying for some eggs.


DOUGHBOY

Eggs?


GERTRUDE

My wife makes the most perfect omelettes. She'll cook, she'll cook for you.


DOUGHBOY

Let me see what I can find.


GERTRUDE

He'll never return with the eggs. Another boy lost, Doughboy lost. A parade of young men from an ocean away.

Lost boys, away away. March away away. Lost boys, away away. March away away. An ocean away. Changed to their marrow. Lost boys. Lost boys. Lost boys.

We see the revelation on Gertrude's face that she can be of help, can make a difference in these boys lives.

Lost boys. Find your way down the rue de Fleurs. To a place where you can be found, Found!


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GRIS PAINTING 1, 2, & 3

Have you visited rue de Fleurs? Knock knock knock the door marked "Twenty Seven." Saturday knock, Saturday knock, Saturday knock.

Knock knock. Knock knock.


ALICE

Are we safe safe safe are we safe?


GRIS PAINTING 1, 2, & 3

Keep us safe safe safe safe keep us safe


ALICE

Are we safe safe safe safe are we safe?



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Pepito


PEPITO

Woof! Woof!

(whining) Hmm… Hmm…

(howling) Ah—oo!

Some days, I can smell my old life.

All those roses Papa bought for Mama…

And Abuela’s tamales!

And the grrr—ruff!—sweaty—grrr—ruff!—mailman?! Grrr…

I can smell my old life!

Where is it now?

(howling) Ah—oo!

My mouth waters!

Smoke mixed with carnitas!

Oh!! Some days I can smell my old life!

Ah—oo!

I can smell—

(sniffing) —money?

And (sniffing) sadness…


DAVID

I don’t know why you’re so upset.

We were supposed to meet at 5.


CAMILA

It’s 5:45.

5:45, David!

I thought we both wanted this.


DAVID

Honey, I told you,

the market was crazy!

I’m sorry!


CAMILA

You’re always sorry!


PEPITO

I smell… compromisos rotos.


DAVID

Excuse me, what time do you close?


ANGIE

In fifteen minutes.


CAMILA

Ay, Dios mio!


ANGIE

Mmm… fourteen minutes.


DAVID

We’ll come back tomorrow.


CAMILA

I can’t come back tomorrow!

My client goes to court!

You know that!


DAVID

I know.

Can we see all of your puppies, quickly?


ANGIE

The puppies are overstimulated.


DAVID

Ha! So am I.


ANGIE

Is this funny to you?


DAVID

…No! No, I—


ANGIE

These are puppies! Rescues!

Think of what these puppies have been through?

Think of all the pain they have faced!

Please show some respect?

Have some compassion, will you? Please?!

It's late in the day!

They don't want to play!

They have been completely inundated!

The puppies are overstimulated!


DAVID

I’m sorry.


CAMILA

He is.

He’s always sorry.


ANGIE

Can you always be sorry?


ANGIE

I can show you a dog.

There.

PEPITO

(whining) Hmm hm hm hm…

¿Hola?


CAMILA

Hmm…


DAVID

Hmm?


ANGIE

What do you think?


PEPITO

¿Qué piensas?


CAMILA

Hmm…


PEPITO

(cocking his head) Hmm?


CAMILA

I was just hoping for something cuter…


PEPITO

I can be cuter.


CAMILA

Littler…?


(Everyone stares at PEPITO. DAVID’s phone rings. DAVID looks at his cell phone.)


CAMILA

David.


DAVID

I have to take this call.


CAMILA

David!


ANGIE

Sir! No phones!


DAVID

It’s work—sorry!


CAMILA & PEPITO

Ay, David…


ANGIE

You get four minutes alone with the dog.


CAMILA

Really?


ANGIE

To see if there is chemistry.


CAMILA

Wait—I don’t even know his name.


ANGIE

And… go.


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CAMILA

Hello, dog.

My name is Camila.


PEPITO

Camila.


CAMILA

My husband and I came here for a puppy, but we could settle for the right dog. Are you the right dog?

Are you the one?


PEPITO

I don’t know.

I love you.


CAMILA

It’s important to know in advance.

It’s important to know in advance if you are the right dog.

There is nothing to gain from an imperfect match.

Trust me, I know. I have been wrong before.


PEPITO

What is “wrong”?

I love you.


CAMILA

Will you bark all night long?

Pee inside?

Will you bite?!

Will you tear up the rug?

Chew on mulch?

Do you drool?

It’s important to know in advance.

It’s important to know in advance if you are the right dog.

Are you the one?


PEPITO

What is “right”?

I love you.

Do you know how to fetch? I love you! Dig a hole? Te quiero! Can you sit?

Will you heel?

Walk a child home from school?


PEPITO

In the past, I would walk Diego home from school.


CAMILA

Not now, but in the future?


PEPITO

I can still smell him.

I don’t know where he is.

I miss him.


CAMILA & PEPITO

Look, are you the right dog? What is “right”? Would you tell me if not? I love you. Would you know? Te quiero. Would you even know?! ¡Te quiero! Is there a right dog?

How would I know?


PEPITO

Don’t cry. No llores.


CAMILA

Dios, what am I doing?

I’m going loca.

Come.

Come here, dog.

Come here, pobrecito!

PEPITO

Woof!


CAMILA

Ven acá.


PEPITO

Woof woof!


CAMILA

¡Ven aca!


CAMILA

You speak Spanish!


PEPITO

¡Guau Guau!


CAMILA

Mucho gusto.


PEPITO

¡El gusto es mío


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ANGIE

That’s four minutes.


CAMILA

He likes it when I speak Spanish!


DAVID

I love it when you speak Spanish.

It reminds me how hot you are!


PEPITO

Woof.


CAMILA

David, look at this dog!


DAVID

He’s cute.

But we want a puppy, right?


CAMILA & ANGIE & PEPITO

The puppies are overstimulated!


CAMILA

David, watch! He speaks Spanish, just like his Mama!

Dame besitos, perrito!


PEPITO

¡Con gusto!

DAVID

Dogs don’t speak Spanish, Camila.


CAMILA

Why shouldn’t they speak Spanish?


PEPITO

¿Por qué no?


DAVID

Dogs don’t understand language.

Come here, stupid.


PEPITO

¡Oye!


ANGIE

Sir!


CAMILA

No!

You must be kind to him.

You must be kind to our dog.


DAVID

I’m sorry!

He doesn’t know.


CAMILA

He makes me feel… something…!


ANGIE

I know this look.


DAVID

You’re glowing. You are glowing.


CAMILA

I can breathe again.


ANGIE & DAVID

She’s glowing! She’s glowing!


CAMILA

I feel so full I could die right now—

My heart is so full, I am alive!

The air feels like magic!


DAVID & ANGIE & PEPITO

Magic…?


CAMILA

I am so full I could die right now!

My heart is so full!

I am afraid!

I am excited!

My skin tingles.


PEPITO

Ah-oo!!!

I can smell destiny!

Destiny!


CAMILA

I’ll name you Pepito!


CAMILA & PEPITO

Pepito!!!


CAMILA

¡Pepitititito!


PEPITO

¡Guau guau!

CAMILA

¡Pepititititititititito!


PEPITO

Woof woof!


DAVID

Pahpitoe?


PEPITO

Woof.


CAMILA

Listen...

His name is Pepito!

Pepito!


CAMILA & PEPITO

Pepito!


DAVID

Got it. Puhpitoe.


CAMILA & PEPITO

Dios.


ANGIE

Wait! Hold up!

There’s an interview.

I have to screen you.

You have to be screened.


CAMILA

But we have chemistry!


PEPITO

Ruff!


CAMILA

Chemistry!


PEPITO

Ruff ruff!


ANGIE

Look.

You seem like a good person.

But a lot of good people let dogs down.

Love is not all a dog needs.

Love is not always enough.

Our hearts do not hold every answer.

Our hearts do not know right from wrong!

Plus, we’re closed.


CAMILA

No!!!


DAVID

Please—This is all my fault.

I have never seen her like this.


CAMILA

I am so ready to adopt this dog!


ANGIE

Are you ready to put him first?

Are you ready to tell him no?

Are you ready to watch him fail?

Are you ready to someday let him go?


PEPITO

Woof?


ANGIE

We don’t deserve dogs.


ANGIE & CAMILA

Are you ready? I feel so full Are you ready? I could die right now!


DAVID

Are you ready? Are we ready?


PEPITO

My heart is so full, I’m sorry! What is

“ready”?

I love you.

I’m sorry

I’m alive! I was late! I can smell my

I am so I can change! new life!

ready! I am so

ready—ah-oo!

Are we okay?

ANGIE

Are you ready—to show me your paperwork?


CAMILA

Yes – here is a copy of the lease,

bank statements,

references.


DAVID

…Wow!


ANGIE

This will take me a minute.


DAVID

Are we okay?


CAMILA

I know, pobrecito.


DAVID

I want to know what you’re thinking.

I want to know what you want.

You feel so far away from me…

So far away from us…

Is it my fault?

What do you want?


CAMILA

I want this to work! You never listen. Please come home. You put everything else first. I see you pulling away from me... I don’t want to do this anymore. I am so lost.


CAMILA

This is not what I want.


DAVID

But Pepito will change things!


PEPITO

What is “change”?


CAMILA

He already has.


ANGIE

You guys are:

approved.

You can take Pepito home.


PEPITO

Woof woof!


ANGIE

Goodbye, and good luck, dog.


PEPITO

¡Que te vaya bien!


CAMILA

Thank you.


DAVID

Come here, dog.

Come here, Pepito…

Uh… come… veni…?

DAVID

Veni…?


CAMILA

Ven acá.


DAVID

Ven acá.