Writing singable English translations has become a passion of mine. Most of my libretti are not literal translations, but rather adaptations that stick to the basic plot and characters, while making the operas more accessible and more entertaining to modern audiences AND performers. All of these productions are available to rent. The p/v scores are in PDF form. Costumes, props, and projections are also available for some. 

If you are interested in having a new translation commissioned, please contact me. 

The Magic Flute

This "super" production is set in the worlds of early 1980s video games. Co-librettist E. Scott Levin.

Abduction from the Seraglio

Captain James T. Belmonte, Mr. Pedrillo, and the crew beam down to a Klingon infested planet in this zany adaptation.

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Produced by:  SIFest 2014, POP 2015, Scenic City Opera 2015

Madama Butterfly 蝶々夫人

Written with Eiki Isomura, this adaptation of Butterfly is sung in English and in Japanese, as if the story really happened. All Japanese characters sing only in Japanese and all American characters sing in English. Goro and Sharpless sing in both languages. This production should be done with Japanese or Japanese-American singers in appropriate roles. 

The Impresario

They say "write what you know" and this modern take on the Mozart one act is jammed packed with jokes that are all too real for those of us on the other side of the audition table. 

The Merry Widder

Yeehaw!!! Set in the fictional town of Goldless, CA during the Old West, this spin on the Lehar classic is a barrel of laughs and then some. 

Tabasco

It was a dream I never knew I had come true when I was hired by the McIhenny Company and New Orleans Opera to write a new book and additional lyrics for this charming George Chadwick 1894 operetta. The rights are owned by the Tabasco Company, but if you'd like to produce the show, I can put you in touch.

Doctor Miracle

Another Wild West setting for this short one-act operetta by an 18 year old Georges Bizet. Written for the studio artist show at Opera Santa Barbara in 2019.

UPCOMING

December 2019

La boheme at Pacific Opera Project

January 2020

Gianni Schicchi and L'enfant et les Sortileges at POP

March 2020

La boheme at Gulfshore Opera

March 2020

Cosi fan tutte at POP

June 2020

L'elisir d'amore and Tosca at SIFest

July 2020

Ercole sul Termodonte at POP

September 2020

Pirates of Penzance at POP

October 2020

Carmen at Salt Marsh Opera

November 2020

Susannah at POP

 

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JOSH SHAW​