Why Is Eartha Kitt Trying To Kill Me?: A Love Story


One-act opera by composer Jeffrey Dennis Smith and librettist David Johnston, based on Johnston’s one-act comic monodrama about a mysterious – and unlikely – murder suspect.

Written for tenor Keith Jameson, the opera is a tour de force love story and mad scene all in one, as a man shares his bizarre confession concerning the fate of a hot, young, art world star.

Smith’s score blends elements of jazz with an edgy contemporary sound, creating an energy that propels the story forward. His music evokes the vivid experiences of the lead character, bringing the audience along for the ride—even though we never leave the interrogation room.

Duration:  50 minutes

Cast:  JB Williams – Tenor

Instrumentation:  7 Players  cl(bcl) / dmkit(perc) / pf / egtr(gtr) / vn, vc, db

More info – including interviews by Mark Campbell, Cori Ellison, Lawrence Edelson, Shawn Milnes and David Johnston – in this video trailer:


Full Performance: