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THE LITURGICAL
OPERAS

also known as "CHANCEL
OPERAS"™
or "CHURCH OPERAS".


What is a
LITURGICAL
OPERA (also
called a

"CHANCEL
OPERA"™)?


Our liturgical (or "church" or "chancel") operas are short pieces designed to replace the sermon in the worship service. Action takes place in the "chancel" -- that is, the elevated area approaching the altar, between the choir stalls in most churches. We also perform some of the stories from the Old Testament (Holy Scripture) in reformed synagogues; in this case, action takes place before the congregation, near the bhima.


On what are
CHANCEL OPERAS™
based, and what
are they like?



The chancel operas are based on Bible stories from Holy Scripture (Old Testament) and the New Testament. They are melodic, fresh, and accessible to first-time listeners. Prop, costume and lighting requirements are simple, so that the worship may continue with a minimum of disturbance.


Who performs these
CHANCEL OPERAS™?


Connecticut composer and pianist Susan Hulsman Bingham wrote the music presented in this site. The Children's and Liturgical Opera of Connecticut has performed most of the works, and other companies and schools have performed them as well. We hope that you will join the fun by performing some of the pieces in the Children's and Liturgical Opera's library yourselves.

 


Click here for a table showing where the
liturgical (chancel) operas might fit best in
your worship schedule

 

 

INDEX TO THE
LITURGICAL OPERAS

 
A note about prices: Please check with the Contact/Information section of this website to see all that you receive when you purchase a score -- permission for making multiple copies, a bound score plus an identical single-sided score for copying, performance rights contract, and more.
 


The AWAKENING

a chancel opera based on Gospel scenes
libretto by Neil Olsen

duration: twenty minutes

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BIRTH of our Lord

a chancel opera based on the Gospels’ Christmas narratives

duration: twenty minutes

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The BRAVE Knight

a chancel opera based on the tale by James Russell Lowell

duration: fifteen minutes

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And CHRIST Came Into the World

an epiphany play based on Christmas Bible
stories and legends by Michèle Miller Sigg
with simple chants by Susan Hulsman Bingham

duration: twenty minutes

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A CONVERSATION between
Mary and the Angel Gabriel

a tiny chancel opera about the Annunciation

duration: twelve minutes

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DANIEL’S Gift

a Christmas tale based on the story by M.C. Helldorfer

duration: thirty minutes

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Scenes from the Life of
DAVID and Jonathan

a chancel opera based on I Samuel 17:55-20:42

duration: twenty-five minutes

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The DEPARTURE of Elijah

a short chancel opera based on 2 Kings 2: 1-15

duration: fourteen minutes

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ELISHA

a chancel opera based on 2 Kings 4:8-37

duration: thirty minutes

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On the Road to EMMAUS

a chancel opera based on Luke 24

duration: twenty minutes


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HANNAH

a chancel opera based on I Samuel I

duration: twenty minutes


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The Raising of LAZARUS
a chancel opera interpreting John 2: 1-53

duration: twenty-five minutes


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LEARNING to Pray
a chancel opera based on the Hasidic tale
"Learning to Pray" as retold by Howard Schwartz
for Narrator, Mime, Violin and Piano

duration: fifteen minutes

 


MAGDALENE

a chancel about Jesus’s close disciple

duration: twenty-five minutes

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Tales of a MAGIC Monastery

tiny tales about monastery life
words by Theophane the Monk in his book
THE MAGIC MONASTERY

duration: eleven operas range in length from 1-5 minutes

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NAAMAN the Leper
a chancel oratorio in costume
based on 2 Kings 5:1-19in the Old Testament of the Bible

duration: twenty minutes

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The OTHER Wise Man

a Christmas/Epiphany chancel oratorio
adapted from the book by Henry Van Dyke
and with hymns from ancient times

duration: twenty minutes

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PIECE Together

a chancel opera based on the story of the
raising of the daughter of Jairus

duration: twenty-five minutes


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RUTH

a chancel opera based on the Book of Ruth

duration: twenty-five minutes

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T
he SACRIFICE of Isaac
a chancel opera based on Genesis 18:1-15, 21:67, 22:1-18

duration: twenty-eight minutes

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By the Pool of SILOAM

a chancel opera based on John 9:1-38

duration: twenty-five minutes

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SIMEON

a chancel opera based on Luke1:25-35

duration: twenty minutes

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TRANSFIGURATION

a chancel opera

duration: twenty minutes


WOMAN at the Well

a chancel opera based on John 4

duration: thirty minutes

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Four Minuscule Musical Dramas

for children to use as part of the worship

range of duration of each piece: 8-12 minutes

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