In both opera and art song, I’m interested in crafting lyrics that capture the innate musicality of the languages I write in, primarily English and Spanish.  I see vocal art at the dawn of the 21st century as an ideal vehicle for expressing the larger-than-life forces of our time.

I am currently developing an opera in Spanish based on the Mexican Day of the Dead, which invokes ancestral traditions to reclaim a sense of community in the face of outside predators.

“Songs are comprised of words and also music.  Words make you think thoughts.  Music makes you feel feelings.  But a song makes you feel a thought.”  – Jimmy Roberts, composer


“The Price of Silence,” with composer Jeffrey Dennis Smith funded & produced by American Lyric Theater.

“A Migrant Sings Herself to Sleep,” with composer Jorge Sosa for The Opera America Songbook, commissioned by Opera America.  For mezzo-soprano & piano.

“Gracias a la vida,” with composer Jeffrey Dennis Smith for American Lyric Theater workshop.  For baritone & piano.

As librettist in residence in 2011-2012 of the American Lyric Theater‘s composer/librettist development program, was privileged to work with composers Jeffrey Dennis Smith, Theo Popov, Alla Borzova, and Jeremy Howard Beck under the extraordinary guidance of Mark Adamo, Lucy Arner, Cori Ellison and the project’s guiding spirit, Larry Edelson.

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