Described by Fanfare Magazine as “one of the most talented and intriguing of living composers,” Lori Laitman has composed multiple operas and choral works, and over 250 songs, setting texts by classical and contemporary poets (including those who perished in the Holocaust).
Selected Recent Projects
The Scarlet Letter
Opera Colorado presented the professional world premiere of the opera The Scarlet Letter by composer Lori Laitman and librettist David Mason on May 7, 2016 to resounding critical acclaim. The new production, directed by Beth Greenberg and conducted by Ari Pelto, stars Laura Claycomb, Malcolm MacKenzie, Dominic Armstrong, Daniel Belcher, Margaret Gawrysiak and Kyle Erdos Knapp.
The Three Feathers
The Three Feathers is a one-act children's opera commissioned by The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. Based on a Grimm's fairy tale and set to a new libretto by Dana Gioia, the opera premiered on 10.17.14 at The Moss Arts Center with director Beth Greenberg and conductor Scott Williamson. The production was in conjunction with the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts, Opera Roanoke and Blacksburg Children's Chorale.
Above is a photo of the four Vedem “boys” — who travelled to Seattle, WA in May 2010 to attend the premiere of my oratorio Vedem. The oratorio was commissioned by Mina Miller and Music of Remembrance. The work tells the story of the boys of Terezin and their secret journal Vedem (Czech for “In the Lead”).
Photo credit: Leo Santiago