Chunky in Heat

New Production – World Premiere
Experiments in Opera, 2019


Stage Director: Alison Moritz
Conductor: David Bloom
Scenic Designer: Kate Noll
Lighting Designer: Sol Weisbard
Costume Designer: Elivia Bovenzi
Photos: Ruben Radding


“Raw, funny, surreal, and disarmingly human, Chunky in Heat is an experiment gone delightfully right” (Opera News)

“Alison Moritz’s production captured the duality of Chunky in Heat perfectly by balancing caricature and cartoon with honesty and heart.” (Opera News)

“… the 70-minute opera feels remarkably unified… the result is perhaps the strongest modern opera I’ve heard since David T. Little’s Dog Days.” (New York Observer)

“Everything about this production is so uniformly superb it’s hard to single out an individual for praise…” (New York Observer)

“…at times the piece felt more like reality television than an opera. I wanted to turn my eyes away so the character could have a little privacy while she processed her pain.” (New York Observer)

Alison praised for her “edgy, teeth-grinding style!” (New York Observer)

“Unfolding in happy, David Hockney-esque California colors, the 90-minute opera seems to be yet another look at the pressure women endure to live up to the media images presented to them.” (Arts Journal)

“The creators of this amazing little opera – so zany, so crazy, so touching – couldn’t have hoped for better.” (Seen and Heard)

Chunky in Heat bristles with hallucinatory energy” (San Francisco Classical Voice)

Chunky moves with the logic of a dream, and like a dream, it speaks of things too deep-seated for pure rationality to touch.” (SF Classical Voice)


Chunky in Heat, the latest project from Experiments in Opera, combines the unique creative forces of writer AM Homes with six different composers to create a portrait of America that is full of absurdity and tragedy. For fans of David Lynch, mixtapes, Welcome to the Dollhouse, John Waters, goldfish, and neon. 🙂


  • REVIEW: “Chunky in Heat” (Opera News)
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  • REVIEW: “The opera that dares you to like it – and so you do. Defiantly.” (Arts Journal)
  • REVIEW: “Experiments in Opera Premieres the Zany, Crazy and Touching Chunky in Heat(Seen and Heard)
  • REVIEW: Chunky in Heat Bristles With Hallucinatory Energy” (San Francisco Classical Voice”‘)
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