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THE SCARLET LETTER CD - Naxos release is Aug. 11, 2017

Under Greg Carpenter's leadership, Opera Colorado brilliantly brought The Scarlet Letter to life in May 2016. A generous grant from The Sorel Organization enabled us to capture the live performance for this CD, which Naxos is releasing on August 11, 2017. Librettist David Mason and I are so grateful to conductor Ari Pelto, chorus master John Baril, the stellar cast and creative team, as well as recording engineers Marlan Barry and Jamey Lamar, for their efforts in producing this exceptional recording. We are so honored to be part of Naxos' catalogue of American Opera Classics.


To order the CD, please click here.


New Recording Sessions

Over the course of the next year, I will be recording material for a series of new solo CDs, to be released on the Albany label. Ed Kelly, with whom I have worked for the past 20 years, will be my recording engineer and Beth Greenberg will be my producer.

This summer I’ll be working with singers Maggie Gawrysiak, Sari Gruber, Maureen McKay, Vale Rideout, Randy Scarlata and Darryl Taylor, as well as saxophonist Gary Louie, flutist Emily Skala, and pianists Andrew Rosenblum and Kirsten Taylor.

This winter, I’ll record with singers Dominic Armstrong, Jennifer Check, Ashley Emerson, Alisa Jordheim and Kyle Knapp, along with pianists Warren Jones and Andrew Rosenblum.

A summer 2018 recording is still in the planning stages. More information will follow.


The Three Feathers, Abridged — presented by Sounds of South Dakota

On June 29 and 30th, 2017, Sounds of South Dakota will present The Three Feathers, Abridged at the McKennan Park Bandshell in Sioux Falls, SD.

This opera, with a libretto by Dana Gioia, is adapted from a Grimm's fairy tale. A magic feather leads shy Princess Dora to the Underworld ruled by the mysterious Frog King. Here she must summon her courage, intelligence and kind heart to win her father's three tests and save the kingdom from her selfish sisters.

The full-length opera was commissioned and premiered by The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. The abridged version is 45 minutes in length, and scored for 7 singers and piano.


Music of Remembrance performs The Seed of Dream in San Francisco on May 24, 2017

In 2005, Music of Remembrance commissioned my Abraham Sutzkever song cycle, The Seed of Dream and premiered the work on May 9, 2005 at Benaroya Recital Hall with baritone Erich Parce, cellist Walter Gray and pianist Mina Miller.

photo credit: David Wilson


On May 24, 2017, MOR performed the mezzo-soprano adaptation of the work at the San Francisco Conservatory, with mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook, cellist Walter Gray and pianist Mina Miller.



An interview about "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" - conducted by soprano Malinda Haslett

Prior to Malinda Haslett and Terry Ewell's performance of I Never Saw Another Butterfly on March 15, 2017 at Towson University, Malinda interviewed me about the composition of my Butterfly cycle. 
Terry filmed us, and the interview is now posted on YouTube, interspersed with portions of their performance.

This Holocaust-themed cycle, composed in 1996, sets the poetry of children who were killed in the Terezin Concentration Camp. The original cycle was written for soprano Lauren Wagner and saxophonist Gary Louie, who did the premiere recording for my Mystery CD, released by Albany Records in 2000.
Additional versions are scored for soprano with clarinet, and soprano with bassoon. I feel so fortunate that each version has been recorded multiple times. 
For Part 1 of the interview, please click here.
For Part 2 of the interview, please click here.