The Investment
Composer: John Liberatore
Composer Bio: John Liberatore is a composer and pianist living in Southern New York State. Described as "enchanting" by the Boston Classical Review, his works have been performed at venues around the world, such as the International Viola Congress, the Hindemith Centre, the American Cultural Institute of Peru, and the Four Seasons Centre of Toronto. This November, a new dramatic work, commissioned by the Washington National Opera, will premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Other recent and upcoming engagements include collaborations with Dinosaur Annex, Third Coast Percussion, and the Finnish chamber ensemble Trio Ramifications. He is the recipient of a 2011 Tanglewood composer's fellowship, two ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, and invitations from the I-Park Artist's Enclave, the Brush Creek Arts Foundation, the MusicX Festival, and the Bowdoin Music Festival. In 2012, received a Presser Music Award, which funded an extended residency in Tokyo, Japan. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Syracuse University and currently teaches at the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford.
Librettist: Niloufar Talebi
Librettist Bio: Niloufar Talebi is a writer, editor, award-winning translator, filmmaker, producer and theater artist. She founded and directs the Translation Project, whose mission is to bring contemporary Iranian literature to wide audiences. She edited and translated BELONGING: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World (North Atlantic Books, July 2008) and created multimedia theater pieces,Four Springs and ICARUS/RISE, as well as a DVD of short films, Midnight Approaches, all based on new Iranian poetry. View Niloufar’s author page onGoodreads.
Premiere Date: November 21, 2014
Description: The Mohems are an Iranian American couple who enjoy an affluent life in Silicon Valley because of Mr. Mohem's success in venture capitalism. The two have recently purchased a large painting by Roxana Lieber, an emerging young artist they invite to lunch at their mansion. While discussing the painting, Roxana reveals her subject behind what appears to be just an abstract landscape--one that offends Mr. Mohem. As dormant differences erupt between Mr. and Mrs. Mohem, Roxana struggles with her own feelings about art and finds an unlikely sympathizer in the Mohems' newly immigrated maid. 
Length: 00:20
Total Acts: 1
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