Plastic Flowers

An opera by João MacDowell

Monodrama in 2 Acts – 1h 20min.
For solo mezzo
Languages: English, Portuguese and Spanish (Italian in development)
Orchestration: 2fl, 2ob, 2cl, 2bs, 2 hr, 2 tp, 3tb, timp, 1 perc, strings, plus soundscapes playback
Chamber versions:
– Piano and electronics
– Electronics and cello
– Piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, timpani, percussion, string quintet, plus soundscapes playback.

Projection art and soundscapes available for licensing and new productions.


Plastic Flowers is about broken hearts in a fabricated universe. We all want love and affection. Virtual reality and promises of instant connection are bound to fall into frustration, for the very nature of the experience. They can be made of paper, or silk, perfectly beautiful in Japanese ornaments, or gathering dust in shelves of Dollar Stores. They are all Plastic Flowers, artificial paradises.

* Check Brazilian Portuguese version.

• Orchestration for chamber orchestra or variable ensemble including electronics available upon request.

• Originally in English and Spanish – Portuguese, Spanish and Italian librettos available upon request.

Composed in Rio de Janeiro, Brasília and New York, June-December, 2012.

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