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.





a half-hour multimedia chamber opera with music by Felipe Perez Santiago composer and visual artist Rolando González.

Bogin’s lyrics, in English and Spanish with a trace of Náhuatl, track multiple voices across five centuries, from the prophetic visions of a woman who foresees the conquest to the texts of contemporary activists and hackers trying to outwit and unrun the news in a world ravaged by violence.


The Price of Silence

with composer Jeffrey Dennis Smith funded & produced by American Lyric Theater.

A retired salesman in Argentina has lived for 30 years with a dark secret. Called to testify about his role in the Dirty Wars, he is torn between his conscience and his desire to protect his grown daughter. When she learns the about his past, she faces an even starker choice: to protect her father, or to uphold the truth.

Song of the Last Crossing

with composer Jorge Sosa for The Opera America Songbook Vol.2, commissioned by Opera America.  

For mezzo-soprano & piano.

Salvador Allende’s Farewell

with composer Jeffrey Dennis Smith for American Lyric Theater workshop.  

For baritone & piano.

As librettist in residence in 2011-2012 of the American Lyric Theaters 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.

“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