A Christmas Chamber Opera in Two Scenes

Libretto by Francis L. Lynch and Doris J. Reeser
Music by Francis L. Lynch

James Janssen, Music Director
Sally Craige Christensen, Stage Director
Francis Lynch, Producer

Mark Crayton, Production Coordinator

World premiere performances:

December 9, 2016 at 7:30pm
December 10, 2016 at 7:30pm
December 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
2120 Lincoln Street
Evanston IL 60201

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. Production sponsored by Sheet Music Back In Print Inc. and an anonymous donor.

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Experience the Christmas story from the viewpoint of the forgotten man...

Joseph, a simple carpenter from Nazareth in the Roman province of Judea, finds his life unexpectedly complicated when he becomes betrothed to a mystical young woman named Mary. When she returns from a visit to her cousin with the news that she is with child by the Holy Spirit, Joseph must decide what to do—with the help of some angelic advice. Later, when they reach the gates of Bethlehem to take part in the Roman census, further adventure awaits in the form of a gloomy fortuneteller, a grieving Roman magistrate, and a stubborn Roman centurion. Don’t miss this moving story of the quiet man who faces down every challenge for the sake of an unborn child.

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A synopsis of the opera.


The complete libretto.


A selection from the excerpt performance on December 5, 2015. Zachary Angus, Baritone; Gina Hilse, Soprano; Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra conducted by Timothy Semanik.


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Joseph's Dream