Cathy Milliken


Works // Opera


  • Ludwig im Wald

    A staged opera for students' choir, actor, soprano, piano, cello, e-guitar, percussion.
    Musically it draws inspiration from the 6th Symphony of Beethoven but with new compositions and a contemporary perspective on climate change. The students choir actively participated in text and musical workshops, the final composed result was premiered (after postponements due to COVID) on the 4.6.2023 at ZENTRALWERK, Dresden under the auspices of the Dresdner Musikfestspiele.


  • Opera of Objects.

    for oboe, percussion, piano, objects and voices.
    A collaborative work by Erik Griswold, Cathy Milliken and Vanessa Tomlinson.
    Text by Craig Foltz.
    Premiere 9.11.2018


  • GAACH - a kind of Folk Opera

    A participative opera. A commission by Münchener Biennale 2016, to Cathy Milliken, Robyn Schulkowsky, Dietmar Wiesner and 200 Participants. Premiere in the Foyer of the Gasteig Philharmonic Hall on the 5.6.2016.


  • Comfort Ye

    An opera based on stories, texts and songs by young South African singers.
    Composition- Georg Friedrich Handel, Cathy Milliken, Bloekombos Secondary
    School Choir. Directed by Robert Lehmeier.
    Produced by Umculo Festival/Shirley Apthorpe Director.


  • Haus aus Stimmen

    A radio play and Chamber Opera with Libretto by Silke Scheuermann
    Music by Milliken, Wiesner
    A production of Radio Days, ZKM, Karlsruhe
    8-9.11.2007 Kubus, ZKM Karlsruhe


  • Seven Attempted Escapes from Silence

    (Nr 6. Walls and Mirrors.)
    A chamber opera in seven parts with Libretto by Jonathan Safran Foer
    A production by the Staatsoper Berlin
    4/17/19/21/25/27/30.9.2005 Magazine, Staatsoper, Berlin

  • Seven Attempted Escapes from Silence: Windows and Mirrors

    Chamber opera, libretto: Jonathan Safran Foer
    Small orchestra
    Berliner Staatsoper


  • Mother tongue (Muttersprache)

    for speaker, soprano, baritone, violin, cello, piano, percussion and tape.
    Based on poems and prose by Rosa Ausländer.
    State Theatre Darmstadt; tape realised at ZKM studios, Karlsruhe.



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