"Insectaphobia, or Bug Off!" (Insect-a-phobia) is a one-act chamber opera that was composed in 1997 at the request of the late soprano Dorothy Ornest.
The libretto is loosely based on "The Insect Play" (“And soad infinitum”) by Josef and Karl ?apek, a work that was completed in 1920 andwas first performed at the National Theatre Brno, Czechoslovakia on March 8, 1922.
From composer Salvatore Macchia: "The opera takes place in a large a modern metropolitan city and highlights the strain, anxieties and sheer difficulties of a mentally ill woman who finds herself living alone and homeless in a public part. In the course of her last day on earth, she encounters a range of humans (a crazed butterfly collector, two self-righteous young students) and an imaginary or perhaps not- so imaginary vision of the life and death cycle of moths. I looked for humor and pathos in the text to suggest and reflect on some very basic human dilemmas."