Emperor's New Clothes (2017) 

One act opera in three scenes

Librettist: Amanda Hollander 

Performed by the UCLA Opera department

Ostin Music Center, California on March 1, 2018

TEXT:

Another proclamation here,
A royal invitation there
To lure each ambitious weaver,
Every cut-from-cloth deceiver,
To magic fabrics for our lord,
The Emperor of cloth and cord.
The sire of silk! The king of crepe! Oh, when he passes people gape. Though he is—we secretly agree—
A real ruby-buttoned booby
And though in rule he lacks finesse, No man can claim he’s better dressed. He has replaced diplomacy
With regal haberdashery.
While we wait for a royal prince
Our Queen sits neglected for prints Of purple plumes, for saffron thread, Vermillion caps that warm the head. For emerald, indigo, and pink.
You would almost begin to think
That the Emperor has no clothes!

© 2014 by Nicky Sohn