This month, the Center for Contemporary Opera will present “The Secret Agent”, a new opera based on Joseph Conrad’s novel with music composed by Michael Dellaria and a libretto by J.D. “Sandy” McClatchy. The following conversations took place in New York City last week during the final rehearsals of the new work. The distinguished lyric soprano Amy Burton portrays the tragic character of Winnie Verloc in the opera. Composer Michael Dellaira is an award-winning composer and currently holds the title of composer-in-residence at the Center for Contemporary Opera.