This song cycle is drawn from my opera, Disappearing Act (2008), with a libretto by Dorothy Louise. The opera centers on the Houdini and Conan Doyle connection and Houdini's quest to reach his dead mother courtesy of the mediumship of believer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Partly because Queen Victoria longed to reach her dead Albert beyond the grave, partly because Houdini gave his mother an unworn dress made for the queen, Victoria inhabits the opera as a model and a caution.
May 11, 2007: Premiere at Diller-Quaile School of Music in New York City
by Kathleen Yiannoudes, soprano and Steven Graff, pianist.