Timothy Lee Miller/composer

The Bird Lady (2017-2021)

A chamber opera in two acts

An eccentric young woman known as the Bird Lady lives a life of timeless simplicity in a well-tended garden with only her equally eccentric gardener for human company — until a brash young man determined to build his dream home buys the adjoining lot. When the Bird Lady and her new neighbor clash over the felling of a tree planted squarely on the property line, sparks fly.

Libretto by Germaine Shames

Additional Text by Linda Marcus & Julie I. Meyers


ANNABELLE - soprano

MARCUS - tenor

PERCY - baritone

CHORUS - three birds and a bee (SMMB)


(1 each)

flute (piccolo, alto flute)

oboe (English horn)

clarinet (bass clarinet)



violin (2)




Total running time: c. 2 hours 15 minutes

For performance and rental information, please send an email to tlmillmus@gmail.com with inquiries.

Individual arias from the opera are available for performance. Please click the Art Songs tab above to be directed to the art song page.

(Item #: OP 128)

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