Composer: Daron Hagen
Librettist: Gardner McFall
Other Artistic Personnel: Stephen Wadsworth (Director)
Gerard Schwarz (Conductor)
Thomas Lynch (Set Designer)
Ann Hould Ward (Costume Designer)
Duane Schuler (Lighting Designer)
Jonathan Dean (Titles)
Original Cast: Kate Lindsey (Amelia)
William Burden (Dodge)
Luretta Bybee (Amanda)
Nathan Gunn (Paul)
Jennifer Zetlan (the Flier)
Jane Eaglen (Helen)
Karen Vuong (Trang/Nurse)
David Won (Huy/Doctor/Chaplain)
Work Web Site:
Premiere Date: May 08, 2010
Producing Company: Seattle Opera
Description: A first time mother-to-be, whose psyche has been scarred by the loss of her pilot-father in Vietnam, must break free from anxiety to embrace healing and renewal for the sake of her husband and child in this original story unfolding over a 30-year period beginning in 1966. Amelia interweaves one woman’s emotional journey, the American experience in Vietnam, and elements of the Daedalus and Icarus myth to explore man’s fascination with flight and the dilemmas that arise when vehicles of flight are used for exploration, adventure, and war. With an intensely personal libretto by American poet Gardner McFall (The Pilot’s Daughter), whose father was a Navy pilot lost during Vietnam, this new American opera moves from loss to recuperation, paralysis to flight, as the protagonist, Amelia, ultimately embraces her life and the creative force of love and family.
Character List (Major): The Flier (lyric soprano)
Young Amelia (lyric soprano)
Helen (soprano) Amelia (mezzo-soprano)
Amanda (mezzo) Young Boy / Icarus (tenor)
Dodge (tenor) Paul (baritone)
Daedalus / Father (bass) Trang / Nurse (lyric soprano)
Huy / Doctor (baritone)
Character List (Minor): Interpreter / 2nd Doctor (lyric baritone)
C.O. / Political Official (tenor) Chaplain / Government Official / Priest (baritone)
NVA Commander / Grief Counselor (spoken)
Bit Parts: 3 NVA Army Soldiers (spoken)
Several Supers (mute)
Reviews: World Premiere of Daron Hagen's New Opera, Amelia - Huffington Post 5/11/2010
On So Many Levels, A Success - Wall Street Journal 5/15/2010
A Woman's Flights of Fantasy and Fear - New York Times 5/9/2010
Amelia, Seattle Opera - Financial Times 5/12/2010
Opera review: 'Amelia' is a profoundly personal, American story - Seattle Times 5/10/2010
Other Matters: Amelia - Arts 5/24/10
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Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: NO
Orchestration: Large Version: 2 fl (I,II=picc), 2 ob (II=EH), 2 cl (I=Ebcl,II=bcl), 2 bsn - 2 hrn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, tba - timp - perc (2) - hp - pft – str
Small Version: 1 fl (=picc), 1 ob (=EH), 2 cl (I=Ebcl,II=bcl), 1 bsn – 1 hrn, 1 tpt, 1 tbn, timp – perc (1) – pft – synth – str (3-3-2-2-1, in players)
Ballet/Dance: NO
Musical Style: Romantic, tonal, sweepingly melodic
Contact: Bill Rhodes
E-mail Address:
Phone: 347-684-1640
Composer Web Site:
Publisher Web Site:
Audio Visual Materials
Seattle Opera

The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2006 Repertoire Development
Project Name: Amelia
Awardee: Seattle Opera
Director: Stephen Wadsworth
Award Category: 2007 Audience Development Design
Project Name: AMELIA: Museum of Flight Meetings
Awardee: Seattle Opera
Schedule of Performances Listings
Amelia (Hagen)
Saturday, May 8, 2010 - Seattle Opera
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