A new opera Howards End, America is the current project for the composer/librettist team Allen Shearer and Claudia Stevens. The action of E.M. Forster’s novel HOWARDS END will be transferred to a new setting, Boston in the 1950s. A portion of Act III was presented by West_Edge_Opera in their Snapshot series. Watch this brief interview with composer and librettist.

We are pleased and proud that the premiere of Middlemarch in Spring was listed among the notable classical music events world-wide by Encyclopedia Brittanica in its Year-
End Review, and was named among the TOP TEN OPERATIC EVENTS of 2015 by Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle. And Middlemarch in Spring won honorable mention for The American Prize in the category of opera composition, professional. This adds new honors to the very positive reviews of last spring:

“…a rare phenomenon: a new opera of dramatic integrity, with music that’s both boldly modern and instantly accessible.” Janos Gereben’s review of Allen Shearer’s Middlemarch in Spring, San Francisco Examiner, March 20, 2015

“Shearer’s score [is] tuneful, elegant and canny in its creation of musical character . . . music of wonderful ardor and allure.” –Joshua Kosman’s review of Middlemarch in Spring, San Francisco Chronicle, March 23, 2015.

See “News” for more reviews.

Middlemarch in Spring was given its East coast premiere by Charlottesville Opera, and will be given another new production in in April, 2018 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Allen Shearer is a composer and baritone active in the San Francisco Bay Area. His music is performed and appreciated across the US and abroad, and has earned him many prizes and honors. He composes vocal and instrumental music and especially opera, his main focus in recent years.


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