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Evan L. Snyder


An opera in two acts

Music and libretto by: Evan L. Snyder

Story co-authored by: John Riesen

Inspired by the tradition of Sherlock Holmes, the detective tale, A Capacity for Evil, is based on an original story conceived by the composer Evan Snyder, and by tenor John Riesen. The story follows Daniel, a famed 1930s private eye, who, with help from his partner Doyle and his fiancée Angelica, works to unravel a series of grisly religious murders occurring on New Years Eve before the unknown murderer is able to realize the full scope of his perverse aims. As tensions rise and time runs short, the bonds between the three friends are tested - the limits of human compassion and trust tried against the dark ordeals of this imperceptible murderer. 

A Capacity for Evil was premiered in September 2018 with Opera MODO in piano/vocal form. 

A Capacity for Evil was a winner of the 2017 Frontiers Competition and selections were performed as a part of the Forth Worth Opera Festival in May 2017. 


Scene ii - Captain Smith's Office

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Scene vi - Angelica's apartment

Scene iii - Angelica's apartment

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Scene viii - Empire State Building

If interested in the receiving a copy of the libretto, the piano/vocal score, or a full copy of the Opera MODO production video, please contact the composer HERE.
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