NYU / American Opera Project: OperaLab
In collaboration with New Phase Collective members, Henry Nettleton and Anton Volovsek, Leia worked with composer and librettist Alex Higgin-Houser and Zonia Tsang to develop, co-direct, and design an original 30 minute opera entitled Shadow on the Wall. The final presentation, a shadow puppet short film, tells the story of a Blackwater mercenary returning to his home in Sparta, TN to live with his sister, after having received a presidential pardon for the murders he committed in Iraq. When he moves in, the family's sense of loyalty and justice are put to the test as they are forced to reckon with their pasts.
Watch Shadow on the Wall and the other NYU/ AOP Opera Lab productions here.