Service Provider, composed by Christopher Weiss

World Premiere: Washington National Opera, 2015

Service Provider is an original one-act chamber work commissioned by the Washington National Opera for the 2015 American Opera Initiative. The Washington Post hailed the piece as “the crowd pleaser” at its Kennedy Center premiere. Urban Arias premiered Service Provider at the Signature Theatre after it was selected by Fort Worth Opera’s 2017 Frontiers showcase. It has subsequently been seen at UrbanArias, Opera Memphis, Virginia Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Opera Idaho, Lake George Music Festival, Painted Sky Opera, Westminster Opera Theatre, Arizona State University, Towson University, and Texas Christian University.

Service Provider details the erosion of modern romance by our obsession with mobile technology. When a loving couple goes out for their anniversary dinner at an elegant restaurant, the evening descends into farcical disaster as the incessant cell phone usage ultimately unmasks the fractured reality of their marriage. The twenty minute opera is scored for soprano, mezzo, tenor and baritone, accompanied by twelve instruments. (clink here for more accolades of Service Provider)

The video below was recorded at the 2018 Lake George Summer Music Festival.