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In this modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth about the "original" princess, PSYCHE: First Upon a Time is a stylistic musical hybrid of post-modernism and rock.


A theatrical fever dream where the human princess Psyche and the god Eros fall wildly in love, but Aphrodite and Psyche’s evil sisters may have other plans.  When Psyche is spurned from her home, she is thrust into a netherworld ...



Psyche was incubated by composer/librettist Cindy Shapiro during an artist-in-residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in the Fall of 2011. The text written by Apuleius, along with Erich Neumann’s rich and deep analysis, was utilized to help inform the work. Additionally, the composer took advantage of the many opportunities in Paris to gaze at, and meditate on, great artworks about Psyche and her story. The free journaling that took place during these



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