Becoming (or, is there life after opera?)

An eclectic cabaret that charts Stephen’s journey in pursuing his childhood dream of being an opera singer, struggling for acceptance, living in exile, and ultimately rediscovering his voice.

  1. Chen - Abito Trenta Metri Dal Suolo 2:52
  2. Adams - La Anunciacion / Sondheim - I Wish I Could Forget You 4:12
  3. Chen - Before (day) 1:14
  4. Ian Gordon - Dream Keeper / Somers - Five Songs for Dark Voice 3:07
  5. Bizet - En Vain pour Eviter 2:22
  6. Chen - Five Songs of Exile 7:46
  7. Sondheim - I Remember 3:26
  8. Qing Ren De Yan Lei (Lover's Tears) 4:02
  9. Ian Gordon - The Red Dress 2:04
  10. Barber - Solitary Hotel 2:18
  11. Coleman - With Every Breath 4:20

An eclectic cabaret that charts Stephen’s journey in pursuing his childhood dream of being an opera singer, struggling for acceptance, living in exile, and ultimately rediscovering his voice.
Act I: Finding Self

Barber – Must the Winter come so Soon? (Vanessa)
Tippet – Andante Tranquillo, Sontata No. 1 *
Yeston – Simple (Nine)

Rodger – If I Loved you (Carousel)
Porter – The Physician (Nymph Errant)
Webber – Nothing Like You’ve Ever Known (Song and Dance) *

Chen – Before (day) (Ur-ban songs)
Bizet – En vain pour eviter (Card Scene) (Carmen)

Ian Gordon – The Dream Keeper / Somers – Five Songs for Dark Voice (excerpt)

Adams – La Annunciacion (El Nino) / Sondheim – I Wish I Could Forget You (Passion)
Wayfaring Stranger / Motherless Child #
Chen – Abito trenta metri dal suolo (Ur-ban songs)
Sondheim – I Remember (Evening Primrose) *

{intermission}
Act II: Finding Voice

Ian Gordon – The Red Dress
Rossini – Cruda Sorte (L’Italiana in Algeri)

Coleman – With Every Breath I Take (City of Angels)
Yao Min – Qing Ren De Yan Lei (Lover’s Tears) #*

Tran-Adams – The Bustle in the House (Love and Death)
Eisler – An den kleinen Radioapparat
Chen – Five Songs of Exile

Barber – Solitary Hotel (Despite and Still)
Sondheim – I Never Do Anything Twice (Fifty Percent Solution)
Chen – Even If I’m With You (Ur-ban Songs) *
Cryer / Ford – Dear Tom (I’m Getting My Act Together …) *

Rome – Chain Store Daisy (Pins and Needles)
McBroom – Ship in a Bottle *

Sondheim – Everybody Says Don’t (Anyone Can Whistle)
Flaherty – Come Down From the Tree

* piano: Stephen Chen
# flute: Matthew Tran-Adams

Stephen Chen, Mezzo, Piano
Matthew Tran-Adams, Piano, Flute

Fri,16 Nov 2007 | 8:00 PM | Heliconian Hall
35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, ON