Although a well-respected composer in his own right, Peter Schickele is best known as the creator of P.D.Q. Bach, and as such one of the masters of musical pastiche. This has occasionally led him into the realm of opera, including one complete evening-length work, The Abduction of Figaro. He has written no traditional operas under his own name, although he has composed several stage works of other kinds.
The Stoned Guest, a half-act opera.
(as “P.D.Q. Bach”) Libretto by the composer. 1968
Hansel and Gretel and Ted and Alice, opera in one unnatural act.
(as “P.D.Q. Bach”) 1974
The Civilian Barber.
(as “P.D.Q. Bach”) 1982 [Perückenstück ("hair piece") and suite only]
A Little Nightmare Music, opera in one irrevocable act.
(as “P.D.Q. Bach”) 1983
Einstein on the Fritz.
(as “P.D.Q. Bach”) 1989 [prelude only]
La Clemenza di Genghis Khan.
(as “P.D.Q. Bach”) [overture only]
The Abduction of Figaro, simply grand opera in three acts.
(as “P.D.Q. Bach”) 2004