Judith C. Lane

Composer / Librettist

Composer/Librettist Judith Lane creates works of music-theatre that are historically based, with women or children as the lead characters. She is inspired by the actions of ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. She also believes that young people can sing anything.

Music & Libretto

The Secret Cave

An Opera for Young Performers and Adults

Based on the book “Twenty and Ten” by Claire Huchet Bishop

In southern France during World War II, a group of French schoolchildren are tasked with hiding ten Jewish refugees from the Nazis.


The Yellow  Wallpaper

A One-Act Opera

Based on the book “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

In the early 1900s, a writer and new mother is diagnosed with nervous depression, and is ordered by her doctor and husband to take the “Rest Cure.”

Music & Libretto

Dreaming Salem

A Dramatic Oratorio

Based on the 1692 Salem Witch Trials

In 1692 a witchcraft hysteria swept through Salem Village and the surrounding towns. Young girls were the terrified proponents, adults encouraged them, hundreds were jailed, and twenty people lost their lives. Based on historical texts (and poetic license), this oratorio focuses on Susannah Martin, an ancestor of the composer/librettist, who was hanged for witchcraft.

Music & Libretto

The Mill Girl

An Original Opera for Young Performers and Adults

Callie and her little sister work 14 hours a day, six days a week in the cotton mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, trying to make ends meet and dreaming of a better life. But when her little sister becomes ill, Callie faces a difficult decision.