Composed by Lewis Nielson to a libretto by Paul Schick, directed by Jonathon Field and premiered during Cleveland Public Theatre's Big Box series 2014.



An American Sign Language opera composed by Larry Polansky to a text by Patrick Graybill, performed by Monique Holt with interpretation by Tim Chamberlain, music performed by Daniel Goode, Randall Chaves-Camacho and Dan King in August 2013 at The Transformer Station in Cleveland.


Silent Chorus

By David Mahler was performed in Pittsburgh, PA in June 2013 by Stephen Ng (tenor).


Frozen Community

Premiered on Main Street Oberlin in May 2013 composed by Randy Woolf with text by Robin Stranahan, music by The Bits, and dance/choreography by Ladia Yates.


Double Figure

A translation of a Paul Celan poem by Paul Schick, performed outside (on Detroit Road in Cleveland) in November 2012, starring Phil Wong (tenor) and Elaine Daiber (soprano).


Korczak's Orphans

In May of 2003, Real Time Opera produced the fully-staged world premiere workshop of Korczak's Orphans at the Lebanon Opera House in New Hampshire, a stunning new piece by composer Adam Silverman and librettist Susan Gubernat, based on the life of the famous Polish children's doctor, orphanage director and Holocaust martyr, Janosz Korzcak. In May of 2004, Korczak's Orphans was taken up by New York City Opera and presented as part of its VOX Festival featuring contemporary American opera.



An opera by composer Jack Vees, Operations Director of the Yale Center for Studies in Music Technology, and librettist Paul Schick, Artistic Director of RTO. Its subject is the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and cult figure Richard Feynman. The amazing SO percussion, often cited as the best ensemble of its kind, provides the orchestra backing a solo Dr. Feynman (sung by baritone Michael Cavalieri) onstage. Following the highly acclaimed premiere at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, CT, in June 2005, we were delighted to present further performances in Brattelboro, VT, at the Vaughan Recital series at Dartmouth College, and as a free public performance as part of the Walker Lecture Fund in Concord, NH. In December 2005 we staged Feynman in New York City at the Knitting Factory; a venue challenge like no other, which resulted in a stunning new visual interpretation of the work and further critical acclaim. We are also planning future performances in the US and Europe. 


Leave Me Alone!

An avant garde jazz opera written by Dan Plonsey to a new libretto by Harvey Pekar who is perhaps best known for his series of autobiographical comic books and the subsequent movie: American Splendor. It premiered January 31, 2009 at Oberlin College.


Hawaiian Tan Ratface

Words and music by that singular genius of the American underground, John Trubee. The premiere performance took place in February, 2004, at San Francisco's Studio Z, accompanied by the Ugly Janitors of America with choreography by the inimitable Carl Franzoni, to an enthusiastic (and mostly incredulous) audience.