Music and Libretto by Manly Romero
Based on "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll

About Dreaming of Wonderland

In this post-modern romp through Lewis Carroll's Wonderland, Manly Romero presents the story of Alice's older, wiser, and far less famous real-life sister, Lorina Liddell--and the not-so-true account of the Knave of Hearts and his close call with the chopping block. After awakening from her famous dream of Wonderland, Alice can't wait to tell her sister, Lorina about the strange personalities she has met and her crazy experiences. Impatient to leave childhood behind, Lorina can hardly wait for Alice's story to end. But when it does, Lorina is drawn into her own dream of Wonderland, four scenes that push the limits of sanity while questioning whether growing up is that great an idea to begin with. A coming of age tale for audiences of all ages, Romero's score supports Lorina's real-life teenage dreamings of love and success with bel canto lyricism, and the colorful madness of Wonderland with quirky, chromatic edginess.

About the Creators

MANLY ROMERO (composer / librettist)
Manly Romero’s songs, chamber music, symphonic works and stage works have been performed across the US and internationally, praised as “lively, rhythmic and punchy,” with a “personal voice” that is “quirky and decidedly effective.” Romero pursued undergraduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) with David Conte and Conrad Susa, whose "The Dangerous Liaisons" Romero assisted in orchestrating. Under the mentorship of Michael Daugherty and William Bolcom, Romero completed a DMA at the University of Michigan while composing orchestral works such as Spirals (recorded on the Klavier Gold label), his symphony, Cortège; Blanco, Azul, Rojo; and a first draft of his opera, Dreaming of Wonderland. These compositions garnered awards and commissions from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Composers’ Orchestra, The Ragdale Foundation, American Music Center, San Francisco Camerata Americana, and NYFA. In 2009, Romero was awarded the inaugural Hoeffer Commission and residency by the SFCM, resulting in the composition of Doppelgänger, a quadruple concerto for 2 solo trumpets, 2 solo violins and double ensemble. Romero serves as Artistic Director for the New York City-based composers’ collective Random Access Music (RAM), and of the Queens New Music Festival. He works at Manhattan School of Music as Performance Librarian and Administrative Director of the Contemporary Performance Program. He lives in Brooklyn with his nine-year old son, Cameron, to whom "Dreaming of Wonderland" is dedicated.


"Once Upon a Time" (5:38)
The Dormouse's Song from Dreaming of Wonderland

AOP Presentations

Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 2:30 PM
Staged opera preview of Act II from Dreaming of Wonderland
New American Opera Previews: From Page to Stage with WQXR's Midge Woolsey
Manhattan School of Music - Greenfield Hall, 120 Claremont Ave. New York, New York 10027
Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 8:00 PM
Staged opera preview of Act II from Dreaming of Wonderland
OPERAtion Brooklyn presents Curiouser and Curioser
Galapagos Art Space - 16 Main St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

Other Presentations

November, 2006
Recording of new arias and revised scenes. Manhattan School of Music.
Spring, 2002
University of Michigan. Staged excerpts, directed by Joshua Major.
Spring, 2001
New York City Opera's "Showcasing American Composers." Concert presentation of full orchestration of four scenes. George Manahan, Conductor.
December, 1996
University of Michigan. Staged excerpts, directed by Joshua Major.

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