Victory of Love

My opera is being performed!

This is a performance which will be a predecessor to a major performance next year, kind of a teaser.

Victory of Love, the opera. By STARKER and GRESS



We humans have been quarreling for thousands of years and it hasn’t stopped. Some of the most powerful reasons for this has been the presence of some characters in our midst who take over our minds.

There is GREED, causing a chain of events to occur which go amok causing misery and hopelessness to countless souls.

There is NO CONSCIENCE, steeped in utter selfishness and lack of compassion, caring less about anyone’s misfortune.

Then there is HATE, the bringer of doom.

We, the human race, have always given birth to the HATE MONSTER and it has sunk its fangs into our veins like the predatory vampire that it is. AND …. While these dark forces stalk, there are the forces of light to which we all turn for comfort.

There is REASON, teaching us to weigh what we do and choose a pathway of enlightenment.

There is HOPE, standing as a beacon to our souls in times of deep sorrow.

And there is the source of the greatest light, LOVE, giving our lives meaning and purpose.

There are always MANIPULATED MASSES who swallow drivel. But LOVE, the beloved queen of the World charms us into a mystic sea of happiness and conquers all things.

Sunday, September 14th from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Whitfield Presbyterian Church, 7045 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota


Only $5 at the door or onlineĀ  in advance at (+1.50 handling fee)


Libretto by Eberhard Gress and Music by Jay Starker

Artistic and Music Director – Deidre Reigel
Assistant Music Director and Tenor – David Martinez
Instrumental Director – Gary Reinstrom
Baritone – John Peters
Bass – Tom Hemphill
Soprano – Lillian Moore
Contra Alto – Madeleine Poole
Pianist – Mark Allerbach
Violin – John Short

Letter of Eberhard Gress to Jay Starker 6/14/2008

Love Conquers All by Eberhard Gress

My father, Dr. Richard Gress was drafted into the Kaiser’s army during World War One. In 1917 he was wounded and captured by British soldiers in the battle of France. My father was then taken to a P.O.W. camp in England. There he asked the commandant for musicology books in order to continue his musical studies. The British Captain got him the books. Late 1918, or the end of the war, my father was released from his P.O.W. camp and returned to Germany. With the knowledge of the English music books he reentered the University of Tuebingen and completed his Doctor of Philosophy. Love had conquered the senseless war; a shining moment in history.

Love Conquers Terror

During World War Two, Hitler ordered the British City, Coventry, to be destroyed by Luftwaffe bombings. The Allies responded by destroying the beautiful German city , Dresden, by air raids. The survivors of these horrible killings met after the war and decided to become sister cities. They started a love affair across the English Channel. They are now one big family that will never harm each other again, NEVER: A victory of love and reason over senseless Terror. MANKIND FOLLOW THESE EXAMPLES!

Hope for Mankind Well alive!

Time: World War One, 1914-1918

Where: In the trenches between Germany, France, England, and The United States of America.

When: Christmas 1917

Soldiers of all four countries stopped the shooting and killings and listened to Christmas songs out of their respective trenches. The spirit of God’s Love for all MANKIND took over. After Christmas the senseless WAR continued, but there was a shining moment of ever, all conquering LOVE!