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Melody Book for “Song of Myself”

Celebrates Walt Whitman’s 200th year

with one Melody per week.

Find them all here.

Watch a performance of “Bound for the Kingdom” from Patience & Sarah below (featuring Liana Gineitis as Sarah, Stephen Hobe as Parson Peel; Scott Lindgren, videographer).




As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opera’s Lincoln Center Festival 98 premiere in NYC, I am so happy about this upcoming production of Patience & Sarah in Chicago. This will be the first performance of a newly revised version of the opera and it will be performed with a seven-piece ensemble. Please spread the word!

Tickets are now on sale:

  • October 5 through 21, 2018
  • Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30PM, Sundays at 3PM
  • Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago


Women of the Now



7 LGBTQ Operas

Kimper was finally inspired to change the future of opera by attending one of the most traditional works in the repertoire: Wagner’s Ring Cycle. “Somewhere in the middle of – perhaps it was Siegfried – I realized that every opera contains its own world. I realized I could do that.

A Look At The LGBT Operas In History

Patience & Sarah is seen as the first mainstream gay-themed opera. Composed by Paula M. Kimper and written by librettist Wende Persons, the opera is based on the novel of the same name by Isabel Miller. Not only was the opera the first mainstream LGBT work, but it was the first opera to feature a lesbian love story. The opera was formally commissioned by American Opera Projects, which presented readings of the work in development from 1994 to 1996 before a semi-staged final version was performed in 1996. The opera made its world premiere on July 8, 1998, as part of the Lincoln Center Festival and has since been performed numerous time including at the New York Fest during Pride week.