Since its premiere at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2015 Odyssey has captured the imaginations of young and old alike in productions across the country.  Based on Homer’s The Odyssey, this youth opera combines the majesty of the epic tale with hilarious comedy, soaring melodies and fast-paced adventure – all in under an hour.  The opera features rousing choruses, tender ballads, a tango, and a Siren song that Opera News said conveyed “a sense of ageless, timeless beauty” in a production at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 



running time: approximately 50 minutes

for 2 adults and 16 or more young people

solo roles

  • Bard 1 (adult baritone: D3 to F4)
  • Bard 2/Siren (adult soprano: D4 to C6)
  • Penelope (young soprano/mezzo: A3 to F5)
  • Odysseus (young lyric baritone/ tenor: C3 to E4, opt. F4/G4)
  • Athena (young soprano/mezzo: D4 to F5, opt. A3)
  • First Mate (young lyric baritone/tenor: Bb2 to F4)
  • Circe (young mezzo: Bb3 to F5)
  • various other small solo roles emerge from chorus

instrumental forces (three versions available)

  • Piano/vocal only
  • Chamber ensemble: piano, percussion, cello, flute/clarinet
  • Small orchestra: 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 bassoon, percussion (1 player), timpani (1 player, 2 drums), 1 piano, strings (3-2-2-2-1).

The Glimmerglass Festival, 2015 (world premiere)

David Moody, conductor; Francesca Zambello, director; Eric Sean Fogel, choreographer; Ryan McGettigan, scenery; Erik Reagan Teague, costumes; Peter Mitchell, lighting (production available for rental)

Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2017

Francisco Nunez, conductor; Eric Sean Fogel, director and choreographer; S. Katy Tucker, scenery and projections; Sophie Schneider, costumes; Peter Mitchell, lighting

Minnesota Opera, 2018

Matthew Abernathy, conductor; Lindsey Samples, director; Sarah Brandner, scenic coordinator; Ray Steveson, lighting designer; Samantha Haddow, costume coordinator; Jenn Maatman, properties master

The Glimmerglass Festival, 2018 

Aurelia Andrews, conductor; Francesca Zambello, director;  Ryan McGettigan, scenery; Erik Reagan Teague, costumes; Peter Mitchell, lighting