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Explore Boosey’s selection of monodramas and dramatic song cycles, written by the most celebrated composers for voice of the last century.

Below is a list of monodramas and dramatic song cycles published by Boosey, which spotlight a single singer onstage accompanied by scaled-down forces—a pianist, small ensemble, or in some cases a sound-designed audio track. These dramatic works with few musicians are simple and effective to produce.

> Listen to our YouTube playlist of monodramas here.

> Click here to view our list of chamber operas.

Michel van der Aa: Blank Out
Chamber opera for soprano and 3D film
Duration: 70 minutes

Michel van der Aa: One
Chamber opera for soprano, video and soundtrack
Duration: 60 minutes

Michel van der Aa: The Book of Disquiet
Music theatre for actor, ensemble and film
Duration: 75 minutes

Louis Andriessen: Anaïs Nin
for singer (amplified), ensemble and film
Duration: 30 minutes

Dominick Argento: Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night
Opera monodrama in one act
Duration: 30 minutes

Dominick Argento: A Water Bird Talk
Opera in one act
Duration: 45 minutes

Jack Beeson: Practice in the Art of Elocution
Operina for soprano and piano
Duration: 30 minutes

David Del Tredici: Dracula
for amplified soprano/narrator and ensemble
Duration: 20 minutes

David Del Tredici: Wondrous the Merge
a melodrama for for narrator-singer (high baritone) and string quartet
Duration: 20 minutes

Carlisle Floyd: Flower and Hawk
monodrama for soprano and orchestra
Duration: 45 minutes

Carlisle Floyd: The Mystery
Songs of Motherhood for soprano and orchestra
Duration: 17 minutes

Carlisle Floyd: Pilgrimage
Cantata for baritone and orchestra
Duration: 20 minutes

Osvaldo Golijov: Ayre
for soprano and chamber ensemble
Duration: 40 minutes

HK Gruber: Frankenstein!!!
A pan-demonium for baritone chansonnier and ensemble after children's rhymes
Duration: 28 minutes

David T. Little: Soldier Songs
for baritone and amplified septet
Duration: 60 minutes

Steven Mackey: Ravenshead
Monodrama in two acts
Duration: 90 minutes

Peter Maxwell Davies: Eight Songs for a Mad King
Music-theatre work for male voice and ensemble
Duration: 33 minutes

Peter Maxwell Davies: Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot
Music-theatre work for mezzo-soprano and ensemble
Duration: 32 minutes

Peter Maxwell Davies: The Medium
Monodrama for mezzo-soprano solo
Duration: 50 minutes

Photo: Keith McMillan

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