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The Bug Opera: The Adventures of Caterpillar and Mosquito

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“Charming, funny [The] Bug Opera

appeals to audiences of all ages”

–San Antonio Express News


“Hudson’s music was clever and well-crafted, reminiscent of

Bernstein or perhaps a light-hearted, avuncular Stravinsky. He

understands the kinds of melodies singers like to sing, and within

the boundaries of a carefully conceived formal harmonic plan,

gives them those melodies…leading to blooming high notes that

are the meat and potatoes of opera singing...there are plenty of

catchy Latin rhythms and repetitive figures to hold the attention of

the young ...full of word-play for all ages.”

–The Republican 11/30/2006


More than 7,500 people have seen The Bug Opera since its premiere

on November 17th, 2006.  It was performed 30 times in the fall of 2007

as a co-production between San Antonio opera and Magik Theater San

Antonio, and had seven perfomances in four different venues in

Massachusetts and Rhode Island, USA in November 2006.

The Story

A feisty mosquito who doesn’t want to drink blood meets a caterpillar who loves his life and is reluctant to change. As they look for answers they

encounter a number of colorful characters: jovial Dung Beetle; bookish, sinister Paper Wasp; Luna Moth, a damsel-in-distress; and dangerous,

glamorous Spider. In this coming-of-age story, the heroes’ journey ultimately leads them back to themselves.


A minimum of six singers (coloratura soprano, lyric soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass-baritone) and an orchestra with a minimum of 10

players (flute, oboe/english horn, clarinet/bass-clarinet, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass). A larger orchestra can be

achieved by increasing the string section.

Involving Children

While the major roles are written for adult performers, children can be incorporated as performers in The Bug Opera. The collage of crepuscular sounds

underlying the end of Act I is well-suited to an ensemble (8-32 voices) of children. Similarly, children may be used as dancers, floating through the hall

dressed as moths, in the moments just before the emotional highpoint of the opera, where Caterpillar decides to embrace his fate.

Duration: Act I : 45 minutes; Act II : 30 minutes; Total:  75 minutes

Photo by Paul Mange Johansen / Iguana Photo (of Nikolas Nackley, baritone, as Caterpillar)

For any further information or to request scores please contact office@hybridvigormusic.org

Bug Opera Character Illustrations by Fred Zinn


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Geoffrey Hudson (Music) and Alisa Pearson (Libretto)