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Wharton in the News: Edith Wharton Opera

Announcement of an Edith Wharton Opera

Composer Paul Scherer and librettist Germaine Shames have just completed studio recordings of IN VENICE: an Opera About the Pursuit of Love and Inspiration (not necessarily in that order), which is an adaptation of two of Wharton’s works, “The Muse’s Tragedy” and “The Touchstone.”  Together, these early works form a 90-minute two-act chamber opera.

The opera follows the experiences of a young biographer of a renowned poet, who chances upon the poet’s much talked-about Muse during a sojourn in Venice. They spend a week together—ostensibly, to collaborate on a volume of verse. Instead, romance blossoms. Ten years later, the biographer returns to Venice with his young socialite wife, having sold his Muse’s love letters to pay for the honeymoon. Can a Muse inspire the most sublime sonnets in the history of poetry and yet not be loved?

Interested scholars are invited to contact Paul Scherer (schereradvisors@gmail.com)  and/or Germaine Shames (germainewrites@gmail.com) for additional information.  You may also visit the following sites:

*Facebook page for In Venice  https://www.facebook.com/epicopera/.

*Website <http://germainewrites.com>*

*New Play Exchange <https://newplayexchange.org/users/2551/germaine-shames>*

*YouTube Channel <https://www.youtube.com/user/germainewrites>