Stop your heart, Close your eyes, Forget for a moment that it may not be wise to listen to the Lorelei...


Two women.  One curse.  Kramer’s world is turned upside down when her husband’s company transfers him to Germany. Eager to find her place in a new culture, she jumps at the chance to play the part of the legendary siren Lorelei in a local festival. Myth and reality collide when Kramer encounters the actual Lorelei, a two-hundred-year-old woman intent on breaking the curse that traps her in St. Goarshausen—and willing to sacrifice everything to do it.  As Kramer is drawn into a world of wrecks and riddles, she finds herself taking on more and more elements of the Lorelei's sirenic nature, even as the Lorelei herself becomes increasingly human.


The music for this piece lives in two worlds: the mythical and the contemporary. In the contemporary world in which Brent and Kramer live, they sing a fusion of pop-rock music. But as the epic story enfolds around them, they are drawn into the neo-romantic universe of the Lorelei.  Her music is not yet orchestrated, but when it is, it will probably be dominated by strings and low brass, with an oboe thrown in for a touch of allure.


Isolde, 212, our titular siren

Kramer, 26, a young American woman

Brent, 33, Kramer’s husband

Lisa Clemens, 39, proprietress of the Tavern-on-the-Rhine inn

Heinrich Martin, 72, a St. Goarshausen priest

The Sailor, mid-30s, a ghostly echo

Source Material

Based on the legend of a German siren who lured sailors to their deaths from a cliff in St. Goarshausen, at one of the most treacherous bends in the river. Though mostly a tourist fable now, she was immortalized by poets Clemens Brentano (1801) and Heinrich Heine (1822) as the golden-haired enchantress of the Rhine.