Tess, a new rock opera
To hear musical clips from Tess, click here.
Tess had its beginnings in the summer of 1996. Annie Pasqua, then preparing for her junior year at NYU, decided to heighten her knowledge of literature by reading some classics before returning for the fall semester. Annie’s mother, Susan recommended a book she had read in high school - Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Upon opening the worn copy of the book with her mother’s name and 10th grade homeroom written on the inside cover, Annie felt an instant connection to the novel.
Annie found herself completely drawn into the story of how an average girl could have her life unraveled by a string of seemingly harmless decisions and found herself saying those magic words
"This would make a great musical"
"This would make an even better rock opera!" said sister Jenna and the two sisters joined forces .Once sister Jenna was on board as co-writer and orchestrator, the project took off with a vengeance! The show has enjoyed readings at the York Theatre, The Robert Moss Theatre (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity) and a full production as a Next Link Selection at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2010 where it played a sold out extended run. Tess has also been a favorite at new works festivals in London and the Pasqua sisters proudly shared pieces from Tess and other original works in May 2013 at the Broadway's Future songbook series at Lincoln Center.
They have been written up on Playbill.com, BroadwayWorld.com, The New York Post, Theatermania.com, and Metro.
FOR MORE TESS, visit
the official site of Tess, a new rock opera
based on Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles.
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