Original opera libretti with composer Lee Holdridge for LA Opera: Journey to Cordoba, The Prospector, The Magic Dream, Tanis in America, Concierto para Mendez and Dulce Rosa (based on a short story by Isabel Allende, world premiere May 2013 at the Broad Stage, conducted by Placido Domingo).
New translations/adaptations include LA Opera's 2006 and 2018 productions of Hansel and Gretel. as well as Washington Symphony’s Il Seraglio, conducted by Leonard Slatkin and directed by Doug Fitch. Other original libretti include Linda’s Wake and Of Mother and Daughter (with composer Drew Schnurr) and The Golden Land for the California Symphony (with composer Lee Holdridge).
Coming next from Richard and Lee is The Kugelmass Episode, based on a short story by Woody Allen. Richard has directed operas including Don Giovanni, Dulce Rosa and The Soldier’s Tale starring Jack Black.