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David Little David T. Little
’s potently dramatic music draws upon his experience as a rock drummer, and fuses classical and popular idioms to powerful effect. Often undertaking political and existential themes, his music has been described by The New York Times
as “dramatically wild… rustling, raunchy and eclectic,” showing “real imagination.” New Yorker
critic Alex Ross declared himself “completely gripped,” predicting "every badass new-music ensemble in the city will want to play him.” His music has been performed internationally, heard at the Tanglewood, Aspen and Cabrillo Festivals, and the Bang on a Can Marathon. Advocates include eighth blackbird, the London Sinfonietta, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Alarm Will Sound and Marin Alsop with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He recently received his doctorate from Princeton University, and is a member of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). His music is published by Project Schott New York. http://davidtlittle.com
Royce Vavrek Royce Vavrek
has contributed libretti and lyrics for a variety of opera, music theater and concert works, including Dog Days
(Peak Performances at Montclair/Beth Morrison Projects, Zankel Hall, New York City Opera VOX) Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera
(Bard Conservatory, New York City Opera VOX, Shenandoah Conservatory), Last Nightfall (21c Liederabend) and Am I Born (Brooklyn Philharmonic/Brooklyn Youth Chorus) with composer David T. Little. Other collaborations include Song from the Uproar with Missy Mazzoli (Beth Morrison Projects at The Kitchen), Angel’s Bone with Du Yun (Mann Center for the Performing Arts) and A Song for Wade (This is Not That Song) with Matt Marks (Alarm Will Sound). Co-artistic director of opera/theater company The Coterie with soprano Lauren Worsham. Resident Artist: American Lyric Theater’s Composer-Librettist Development Program. B.F.A., Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema (Montreal); M.F.A., NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
Eve Gigliotti Eve Gigliotti
is dedicated to bringing her unique voice and passion to both standard and modern repertoire. She has performed with the Metropolitan Opera as Mercedes in the Richard Eyre production of Carmen
and Siegrune in Robert Lepage’s milestone production of Die Walküre
, broadcast worldwide live in HD. Gigliotti has won acclaim for her sensitive portrayals in modern American opera, ranging from her role as Ruth in Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters
(Gotham Chamber Opera, Music Theater Group, Opera Company of Philadelphia) to Mrs. Parvin in composer Gregory Spears's recent premiere, The Bricklayer
, with Houston Grand Opera. She has also appeared with the Oregon Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, ABAO Opera Bilbao, Wolf Trap Opera Company and Spoleto Festival USA.
Born in Austin, TX, William Hobbs
received his bachelor’s degree in piano performance summa cum laude
from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an M.M. in piano performance, research and literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Hobbs works at many of the world’s major opera houses as conductor and coach, including the Opéra National de Paris, the Salzburg Festival, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Washington Opera and the Opéra de Monte-Carlo. He has assisted conductors Claudio Abbado, Sir Charles Mackerras, Jirí Belohlávek, Sir Andrew Davis, James Conlon, Robert Spano, Richard Bonynge, Donald Runnicles, Jiri Kout, Marco Armiliato and many others. Hobbs joined the piano and voice faculty at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, in 2010, and was appointed assistant professor in 2011. He is the founder and artistic director of Opera Slavica, which is devoted to presenting full productions of masterworks from Russian, Czech and Polish composers, providing singers with no background in these languages with the knowledge and training to sing, read and translate them, and offering professional guidance for reaching industry standards.
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