“Writing an opera is like sewing a quilt and building a monument at the same time.” Celebrating National Opera Week with Conrad Susa

In honor of National Opera Week (Oct. 27 – Nov. 5), E. C. Schirmer explores the creative process behind writing and producing new opera. Join us as we commemorate the creativity, diligence, and hard work of the composers, librettists, and producers who bring those operas to life. Conrad Susa (1935-2013) was resident composer for the Old Globe Theatre… Read More “Writing an opera is like sewing a quilt and building a monument at the same time.” Celebrating National Opera Week with Conrad Susa

“…words are the structure which shape the music.” Celebrating National Opera Week with Cerise Lim Jacobs

In honor of National Opera Week (Oct. 27 – Nov. 5), E. C. Schirmer explores the creative process behind writing and producing new opera. Join us as we commemorate the creativity, diligence, and hard work of the composers, librettists, and producers who bring those operas to life. Cerise Lim Jacobs has earned a place as one of… Read More “…words are the structure which shape the music.” Celebrating National Opera Week with Cerise Lim Jacobs

“Which comes first, music or words?” Celebrating National Opera Week with Henry Mollicone

In honor of National Opera Week (Oct. 27 – Nov. 5), E. C. Schirmer explores the creative process behind writing and producing new opera. Join us as we commemorate the creativity, diligence, and hard work of the composers, librettists, and producers who bring those operas to life. Henry Mollicone’s one-act operas, Emperor Norton, Starbird, The Face on the Barroom Floor,… Read More “Which comes first, music or words?” Celebrating National Opera Week with Henry Mollicone

“The greatest priority in creating a new opera is finding a story and characters that need music.” Celebrating National Opera Week with David Conte

In honor of National Opera Week (Oct. 27 – Nov. 5), E. C. Schirmer explores the creative process behind writing and producing new opera. Join us as we commemorate the creativity, diligence, and hard work of the composers, librettists, and producers who bring those operas to life. David Conte (b. 1955) is the composer of over one hundred… Read More “The greatest priority in creating a new opera is finding a story and characters that need music.” Celebrating National Opera Week with David Conte

“Human beings are hard-wired for narrative…” Celebrating National Opera Week with Libby Larsen

In honor of National Opera Week (Oct. 27 – Nov. 5), E. C. Schirmer explores the creative process behind writing and producing new opera. Join us as we commemorate the creativity, diligence, and hard work of the composers, librettists, and producers who bring those operas to life. Grammy award-winning composer Libby Larsen (b. 24 December 1950,… Read More “Human beings are hard-wired for narrative…” Celebrating National Opera Week with Libby Larsen

Daron Hagen: Residency at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Daron Hagen returns to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a three-day residency during which he will work with composers, conductors, and singers. Engagement includes a masterclass for singers, collaborative pianists, composers, and conductors during which he will coach performances of standard repertoire arias and art songs alongside contemporary repertoire from the perspective of a working… Read More Daron Hagen: Residency at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Daron Hagen joins Chicago College of Performing Arts & related news

Daron Hagen has joined the artist faculty at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA). As part of Hagen’s new relationship with CCPA, he will bring his latest project, “Orson Rehearsed,” a multi-faceted collaborative work examining in non-linear narrative the Orson Welles story, to Roosevelt, where he plans to engage students, faculty, and guest artists… Read More Daron Hagen joins Chicago College of Performing Arts & related news

Daron Hagen: Shining Brow performance, Urban Arias

UrbanArias presents a new production of the Hagen-Muldoon opera Shining Brow at the Paul Sprenger Theatre of the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. This new production has been dubbed the Usonian Version. It reinstates choruses and other material previously excised by the composer for the Fallingwater Version staged (by director Jonathan Eaton and conductor Robert Frankenberry)… Read More Daron Hagen: Shining Brow performance, Urban Arias

REV. 23 premiere: new opera from Julian Wachner & Cerise Jacobs, the sequel to Revelations

On September 29, a new opera from Cerise Jacobs and Julian Wachner, Rev. 23, premieres at Boston’s John Hancock Theater. The premiere kicks off the Boston New Music Festival and features White Snake Projects production company, who shares new, relevant opera based on the stories of Cerise Jacobs. Rev. 23 will be available soon from E. C. Schirmer.… Read More REV. 23 premiere: new opera from Julian Wachner & Cerise Jacobs, the sequel to Revelations

UI Press | Denise Von Glahn | Libby Larsen: Composing an American Life

The fullness of a life lived allegro. Denise Von Glahn, Curtis Mayes Orpheus Professor of Musicology at Florida State University,  is the author of Libby Larsen‘s biography, Libby Larsen: Composing an American Life. Von Glahn is also the director for the Center for Music of the Americas and wrote three award-winning books prior to this publication. The book… Read More UI Press | Denise Von Glahn | Libby Larsen: Composing an American Life