Unsung Torsos, an Opera in 13 Parts, 2010

composed by Julia Christensen and Sarah Paul

the story centers on the Torso Murders, an unsolved case that has lingered in Cleveland lore since the 1930’s ... each act in this experimental opera tells the life story of one of the 13 victims implicated in the case

videos made by Christensen during a residency at The Experimental Television Center, and field recordings by Paul, shape the bulk of the score and are derived from various sites throughout Cleveland associated with the Torso Murders

performed by Sarah Paul, Julia Christensen, and the ensemble WAM!: Women and Art Music

commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art and Spaces Gallery in Cleveland