Music by Matthew Triplett

Manifesto on the ledge

Music by Anna Meadors
Libretto by John Paul Carillo




In the 2014-15 season, RWO presented the world premiere of Anna Meadors’s Manifesto On The Ledge and Matthew Triplett's I Promise To Be Good, two operas commissioned by Rhymes With Opera and written specifically for our ensemble.

Matthew Triplett’s I Promise to Be Good is a setting of two letters exchanged between the Symbolist poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud during the summer of 1873.  Manifesto On The Ledge centers around Melinda, a salesperson in a dead-end job, who has grown unhappy at work and fantasizes about her days in the Navy. Her lover Ronaire, a mysterious poet and thinker, is puzzled by her growing ennui. When Melinda decides to go on personal strike, forcing Ronaire to go to work instead, they each discover unexpected truths about their lover.

The production was directed and designed by Machele Dill and conducted by Alex Wen; it featured Rhymes With Opera founding members Elisabeth Halliday and Robert Maril and guest artist Meghan Ihnen, accompanied by the Rhymes With Opera Orchestra. The program inlcuded a performance of Frederic Rzewski’s Attica (part two of his seminal work Coming Together).


May 29 - 31, 2015
124 Bank Street Theatre
124 Bank Street, New York City


The Rhymes With Opera Orchestra

Lisa Casal-Galietta, violin
Ruby Fulton, violin
Gregory K. Williams, viola
Nicholas Pauly, viola
Jillian Bloom, cello
Zach Herchen, saxophone
Thomas Lee, saxophone
Maiko Hosoda, percussion
Kristin Samadi, piano


Alex Wen, conductor
Machele Dill, director and designer
Alyssa Meyers, production stage manager
Tara Moses, production / company manager


Thank you to the following donors who made this production possible:

  • Derek Bermel
  • Benjamin Crawford
  • Mike Sworakowski
  • Eydie Triplett
  • Three Red Crowns