C O M P O S I T I O N

En la ardiente oscuridad (2019)

Opera in three acts for 12 voices and piano. Sung in Spanish.

Based on the play by Antonio Buero-Vallejo, En la ardiente oscuridad (In the burning darkness) is a thrilling drama set in a school for the blind. Follow the story of rival students Carlos and Ignacio, as their ideological war threatens to tear their community apart.

World-Premiere Workshop Performance:

September 6 / 8, 2019

Mosesian Center for the Arts

Watertown, MA

Upcoming Productions:

Phoenicia Festival of the Voice

August 29, 2020, 5:00 PM

Phoenicia, NY

This is not that dawn (in progress)

Opera in two acts for 7 voices, SATB choir, and chamber orchestra.

This is not that dawn is the story of two women separated during the 1947 Partition of India. Meera is a kathak dancer who falls in love with a local muslim boy. Anitha is her daughter. Raised in England by her aunt Manju, Anitha journeys back to India to find answers to her questions about the fate of her mother who was lost and thought dead during the violence of Partition.

Grace Darling (2017)

SATB choir, piano

Text by William Wordsworth:

Oh! That winds and waves could speak

Of things which their united power called forth

From the pure depths of her humanity!

A maiden gentle, yet at duty's call

Firm and unflinching, as the Lighthouse reared

On the island-rock, her lonely dwelling place;

Or like the invincible Rock itself that braves,

Age after age, the hostile elements.

All night the storm had raged, nor ceased, nor paused,

When, as day broke, the Maid, through misty air,

Espies far off a Wreck, amid the surf,

Beating on one of those disastrous isles

Half of a Vessel, half no more, the rest

Had vanished.

Sonnett (2018)

Voice, piano

Text by Edna St. Vincent Millay:

I know my mind and I have made my choice;

Not from your temper does my doom depend;

Love me or love me not, you have no voice

In this, which is my portion to the end.

Your presence and your favours, the full part

That you could give, you now can take away:

What lies between your beauty and my heart

Not even you can trouble or betray.

Mistake me not - unto my inmost core

I do desire your kiss upon my mouth;

They have not craved a cup of water more

That bleach upon the deserts of the South;

Here might you bless me; what you cannot do

Is bow me down, who have been loved by you

The light remained (2020)

7 songs for tenor and piano

I. He told me that he loves me

II. Requited love

III. The light remained

IV. We clasped hands

V. A wedding

VI. He will never know

VII. Kiss me under the high Sierra

© 2017 by Omar Najmi