Music by Jason Cady; libretto by Nadia Berenstein, Jason Cady, and Amy Cimini; graphics by Nadia Berenstein

2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, chamber orchestra and rhythm section

“But, I mean, in order to, to actually do human trials you have to go through all this rigmarole, and rent is due, we don’t have timeā€¦”

Happiness is the Problem is a two-act opera buffa and comic book about idealism and disillusionment. It presents three young women who sell an elixir of happiness derived from the secretions of slugs which they market as “Euphoressence.”

Happiness is the Problem has had preview performances at The Stone, the Wilmette Theater, and Issue Project Room.

Sample audio from Happiness is the Problem:

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Watch Jason introduce Happiness is the Problem in this video from the inaugural Experiments in Opera Concert at (le) Poisson Rouge on January 16, 2012: