Video Published: 07 Feb 2019

Creators in Concert: Gregory Spears

Composer Gregory Spears talks about his creative process and presents highlights from his latest vocal works.

Originally recorded on February 7, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at OPERA America's National Opera Center in New York City as part of OPERA America Onstage.

About Gregory Spears

Gregory Spears is a New York-based composer whose work has been called “astonishingly beautiful” (The New York Times), “coolly entrancing” (The New Yorker) and “some of the most beautifully unsettling music to appear in recent memory” (The Boston Globe). In recent seasons, he has been commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cincinnati Opera and Houston Grand Opera, among others. His latest evening-length opera, Fellow Travelers, created with librettist Greg Pierce, premiered at Cincinnati Opera in 2016 and went on to productions at the Prototype Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Minnesota Opera.

Performers

Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Aaron Blake, tenor
Sidney Outlaw, baritone
Dimitri Dover, piano

Program

“Aquehonga”

“Last Night” from Fellow Travelers

“English Teacher’s Aria” from Paul’s Case

“Our Very Own Home” from Fellow Travelers

“Fearsome This Night” from Wolf-in-Skins

OPERA America Onstage is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by grants from the Amphion Foundation and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.