Lori Laitman is one of America’s most prolific and widely performed composers of vocal music. She has composed three operas, an oratorio, choral works and over 250 songs, setting the words of classical and contemporary poets, among them the lost voices of poets who perished in the Holocaust.
Selected Recent Projects
The Scarlet Letter
Opera Colorado will present the professional world premiere of the opera The Scarlet Letter by composer Lori Laitman and librettist David Mason. The new production, directed by Beth Greenberg and conducted by Ari Pelto, will premiere in May of 2016, with Elizabeth Futral as Hester Prynne, Malcolm MacKenzie as Roger Chillingworth and Dominic Armstrong as Arthur Dimmesdale.
The Three Feathers
The Three Feathers is a one-act children's opera commissioned by The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, to celebrate the opening of the Center. The work is based on a Grimm's fairy tale and brilliantly retold by librettist Dana Gioia (former chairman of The National Endowment for the Arts). Beth Greenberg will direct the premiere on October 17, 2014, in conjunction with VA Tech and Opera Roanoke, conducted by Scott Williamson.
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