Opera and song


The Pier Point Lobster Race (60 minutes)
Sean Pflueger, composer

The town of Pier Point is hosting its tri-centennial celebration, which will culminate in the town’s hotly anticipated lobster race. The Pier has accidentally been double-booked, and a real estate magnate has her eye on developing the waterfront into condos. Can one lobster save the day?

"hilarious", "deliciously zany"

"It’s too soon to proclaim [Pflueger and Fuentes] the next Gilbert and Sullivan, but if this brilliantly funny debut is any indication, they have a long career ahead of them." -- The Cape Cod Times

Commissioned in 2018 by the College Light Opera Company New Works Initiative. World premiere: June 2018 in Falmouth, MA.

Recording: July 2018, available here.

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Woman in Long White Dress

Brides & Mothers (25 minutes)
Sean Pflueger, composer

Two brides show their mothers the dresses they’ve chosen for their weddings, revealing priorities that clash with their respective mothers’ values.

The conflicts are legitimate, the character archetypes dead on, and the resolution satisfying…[Fuentes] crafts lyrics that are familiar, universal, inevitable, yet not hackneyed or trite.” -- DC Metro Theatre Arts

World premiere: November 2019 in Silver Spring MD (with Victorian Lyric Opera Company)

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What's for Dinner: A Guide to Managing Expectations (25 minute cycle for soprano)
Sean Pflueger, composer

The song cycle What's for Dinner: A Guide to Managing Expectations considers the burden of expectations that contemporary society places upon women as mothers, employees, wives, and sex objects, and contrasts that with the reality of living with these competing priorities.

Recording: November 2018, available here.

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Do Not Disturb (90 minutes)
Sean Pflueger, composer

Ethan, a junior attorney, calls out sick in order to propose to his girlfriend at a romantic lakeside resort. Unfortunately his boss is meeting his mistress, the judge, at the same bed and breakfast. Meanwhile, the boss's wife has enlisted her niece to spy on his extramarital activities. Compromising situations, mistaken identities, and a hotel employee who can't get anyone's room number right lead to mayhem and hilarity of operatic proportions.

peppery wordplay, full of legalese and social media lingo

has the feel of a modern Gilbert & Sullivan.” – DC Theatre Scene

World premiere: July 2016 in Washington, DC (Forgotten Opera Company)

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