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 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