Lori Laitman, composer

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 hundreds of songs, setting texts by classical and contemporary poets (including those who perished in the Holocaust).

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Selected Recent Projects

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

Opera Colorado presented the professional world premiere of the opera The Scarlet Letter by composer Lori Laitman and librettist David Mason in May 2016. Naxos released a CD of the live performance in August 2018 to critical acclaim: “Laitman is one of the most prolific and fluent song and opera composers of our time, with a gift for effortless melody and for getting to the emotional heart of her texts...”

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The Three Feathers

The Three Feathers

The Three Feathers is a one-act children's opera commissioned by The Center for the Arts at VA Tech. Based on a tale by the Brothers Grimm, the opera presents a young female protagonist, Princess Dora, as its hero. A magic feathers leads the shy, self-doubting princess to an enchanted Underworld ruled by a giant Frog King. Here she summons her courage and compassion to face a series of mysterious and comic adventures that change her life.

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The Vedem "Boys"

Vedem

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

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