Composer: Chandler Carter
Composer Bio: Chandler Carter’s works — which include over 50 songs, choral, chamber and orchestral works and three operas — have been performed throughout the United States and in Canada and Europe by numerous distinguished recitalists and ensembles. He has received several awards and honors, including two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and prizes for his Mass, Symphony for Winds and Canticle I for tenor and orchestra. Carter is one of a select few composers to have two operas — Strange Fruit in 2003 and No Easy Walk to Freedom in 2009 — selected by New York City Opera for their annual VOX showcase of new works. The staged premiere of Strange Fruit in 2007 was hailed by critics as a “stunner of an opening performance” for Long Leaf’s inaugural summer festival in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Critics also applauded No Easy Walk to Freedom, as a “compelling musical recounting” of Nelson Mandela’s life that reveals the composer’s “true genius and courage.” The concert premiere of this opera in 2000 was featured at the Hofstra Cultural Center’s international conference “Contemporary Opera at the Millennium,” for which Carter served as co-director. No Easy Walk to Freedom received its fully-staged premiere at The Riverside Church in New York City in 2001. Carter is composing another staged-work, Mercury Falling for tenor and dancer, to be premiered at the 2009 Long Leaf Opera summer Festival. Carter’s chamber music ranges from conventional ensembles to novel instrumental combinations and has been performed by numerous groups, including the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Quintet of the Americas , the Latin American Wind Quintet, Holzbläser, Galatea, the Hofstra String Quartet and Downtown Music Productions. Professional orchestras, including the Denver Chamber Orchestra and the Westchester Philharmonic, as well as student and community orchestras have programmed his music. His original choral music and choral arrangements are performed regularly by notable choruses, including the Riverside Choir in New York City. Chandler Carter is an associate professor of music at Hofstra University. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from the City University of New York, where he studied with Thea Musgrave and David Del Tredici and received the 1995 Barry Brook award for best music dissertation. Carter also holds master’s degrees in composition and vocal performance from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina. He lives in New York City.
Librettist: Stephen Molton
Librettist Bio: Stephen Molton is an award-winning author, screenwriter and filmmaker who has written mini-series and movies for such studios as Showtime Networks, New Line Cinema, Paramount Pictures and Viacom Networks. A former HBO and Showtime executive, Molton oversaw the development and production of many television films. He created a documentary production unit between New York Times Television and Showtime and has produced two documentary feature films of his own. Harper Collins published his first novel, Brave Talk in 1987. His most recent book, Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros and the Politics of Murder (co-authored with Gus Russo) was published in 2008 by Bloomsbury USA, which nominated the book for the Pulitzer Prize. Molton has also taught at NYU’s Tisch School, Long Island University Brooklyn, SUNY Stony Brook/Southampton, and the Mediterranean Film Institute.
Premiere Date: May 17, 2015
Description: This opera explores the extraordinary "fall and rise" of Robert Kennedy, a powerful man caught between the ideals of his youth and the lurid, apocalyptic realities of manhood lived at the moral brink of the 1960s.
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