The Dieselpunk Opera

The Dieselpunk Opera is now available!

It’s the second installment of the trilogy (Steampunk Opera, Dieselpunk Opera and Atompunk Opera). It continues the story of New Albion. There are however no recurring characters between albums.

Dieselpunk, for those of you unfamiliar, is a fantastical take on the aesthetics from the period of WWI to WWII. It’s the next period following Steampunk.



14 responses to “The Dieselpunk Opera

  1. Curima

    January 4, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Dear Mr. Shapera,
    I’m kind of late to the party (and this is propably not the best place to write this, but I can’t find any other contact data and I think late is better than never, soooo)…I bought Dolls of New Albion earlier this year and it became one of my favourite pieces of music. I think I know the whole musical by heart now and I really, really love it. I curse myself for forgetting to visit your blog once a week or so, because so I missed the announcement for the show in London and the demo for the new Dieselpunk Opera. But now I found it and I’m really excited to hear more stories from New Albion!
    I suppose you have all the vocalists for the new musical already and even if you hadn’t I think I would not have a chance to audition (I’m not a professional singer (but have take lessons for almost 2 years now) and I live in Hamburg, Germany). Which makes me sad, because I really love your music.
    Anyway, I wish you all the best and I’m looking forward to the new Dieselpunk Opera!
    Greetings from Hamburg,

    • paulms

      January 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      I do not have vocalists for The Dieselpunk Opera. I will absolutely be using Lauren Osborn for Constance and am currently saving up the money to pay her. Lloyd Allen, the Announcer, who is very prominent i have no idea of, nor do i have the female alto who will play Jacqueline (Act 3). Since i haven’t written Jacqueline’s part at all i can’t be sure about the type of voice i’ll need other then it will an alto. Lauren is very good at finding young talent so i was going to rely on her to get some singers, but i’m open to other avenues they could come by.

    • paulms

      January 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      Oh! And late to the party? Nonsense. You’re right on time.

  2. Curima

    January 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Unfortunately I can’t watch the video, it’s forbidden for some reasons for german IPs 😦

    So, even if it’s not for the Dieselpunk Opera, is there any chance to send you a recording or something?

    I hope you get the singers you want for the Dieselpunk 🙂 Laurens Voice is amazing and I love her parts on DoNA!

  3. paulms

    January 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    You can send to anything to my email at:

  4. Larry

    March 21, 2013 at 1:03 am

    I love the Dieselpunk Opera and look forward to your completed production.

  5. Gabriel

    April 15, 2013 at 1:55 am

    I just found the Steampunk Opera a couple days ago and I found it amazing! And the demo of the Dieselpunk Opera sounds promising.
    Looking forward to it!
    -Gabe, USA

    • paulms

      April 16, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Well thank you muchly.

  6. maDAlexa

    April 19, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    hello there;
    i just found “a steampunk opera, new albion” on youtube and it sounds lovely. i hope someday i’ll be able to participate in a musical~
    i’m thinking about buying your album too. i love steampunk (and every subversion of it) and i like your music so the next time i’ve got money on me i think i will.

  7. Aya

    March 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Dear Mr. Shapera,

    I absolutely love The Steampunk Opera and The Dieselpunk Opera. You are one of my most favourite artists.
    I don’t know if you find this comment, but I just try. Can you tell me, please, who is singing Lloyd Allen’s part? Is that you yourself? I can’t find it anywhere and I’d like to know. Lloyd’s my favourite character (although he’s only an announcer) and I simply love his voice.

    Thank you so much and good luck with composing – I hope we’ll be able to hear many new fantastic operas from you. 🙂

    Greetings from Slovakia.

    • paulms

      March 10, 2014 at 6:47 pm


      I am indeed singing Lloyd’s voice. I don’t really feel the need to list myself because my name is already all over the album and i’d rather the singing credit reflect the wonderful singers who are singing on the albums and without whom the albums would fall flat.

      Lloyd was such a tricky part however, between all the speaking and singing parts that i didn’t know anybody who i could be sure could do it. The number of people i have access to is very limited. I live here in southern Serbia and fly to London to record vocalists and if it doesn’t work than i’m screwed. If i sing Lloyd myself, i can work on the parts whenever i want, and if they suck i can just erase them and do them again. I could write him specifically for my range and because he stands kind of outside the opera, the fact that his voice doesn’t match the level and quality of the other vocalists can be excused.

      I am delighted you love Lloyd, if for no other reason than he was the most fun to conceive of and because he exists in an interesting space both inside and outside the narrative, the most interesting to come up with shit for.

  8. jgesq

    July 23, 2015 at 3:01 am

    How thrilled I am to find your work. What great and fabulous creations. Thank you.

  9. Guy

    April 16, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    This is probably my favorite installment. Daddy Left was one of the first songs to ever actually make me cry.

  10. JustSpades

    May 4, 2017 at 11:14 am

    I love this. New Albion 5, The Soiree and the bust are my favorite.
    I feel dumb for asking, but id like to know where the influence for aunt Jacklins lyric and rhythm scheme? Does that specific style have a name? I need more. So, groovy. I’d like to listen to jams with that feel. Halp?


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