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The Opera Company of Philadelphia, in collaboration with Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group in New York, is proud to announce that composer Missy Mazzoli has been selected as its second Composer In Residence (CIR).   Mazzoli, already a prolific composer who is currently working on her second full-length opera, was chosen from over 100 applicants for the position and now has the opportunity to follow a personalized, three-year development track focused on the advancement of her career as an operatic composer.

“We are thrilled to be working with Missy Mazzoli in the development of her unique and eclectic operatic voice,” shared OCP General Director David B. Devan. “Missy has already proven herself as a significant composer with stories to tell, and this program will connect her with world-class professionals who can mentor and collaborate with her to support her continued growth as an artist.” 

Mazzoli shared,“I am thrilled and grateful to have been chosen for the Composer In Residence Program.  There are few opportunities to develop one's work as a young opera composer, and there is no better learning experience than writing a new work with the help of ambitious and forward-thinking companies. I welcome the opportunity to hone skills like scene pacing, development of a libretto from scratch, and how to best workshop a new piece; these are skills not typically taught in conservatories and I plan to make the most of these tremendous resources over the next three years.”   

The program, funded over five years by a $1.4 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides a living stipend and benefits to two  composers, each following a three-year track, with the goal of fostering tomorrow’s American operatic masterpieces through personalized creative development and intensive, hands-on composition.

Mazzoli, 31, has produced new works for eighth blackbird, Kronos Quartet, the League of Composers Orchestra, violinist Jennifer Koh as commissioned by the LA Philharmonic, and the Santa Fe Chamber Players, and has received additional commissions from Carnegie Hall and the Whitney Museum of Art.  The winner of four ASCAP Young Composer Awards and a Fulbright Grant to the Netherlands, she was recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” by The New York Times. In February 2012, she premiered her first full-length opera, Song from the Uproar, at The Kitchen in New York.  The Wall Street Journal called the work "powerful and new", while The New York Times said that, "in the electric surge of Ms. Mazzoli's score you felt the joy, risk, and unlimited potential of free spirits unbound.”  Her new, 25-minute opera entitled SALT, a multi-media collaboration based on the biblical story of Lot’s wife, will premiere at UNC Chapel Hill in October 2012.  Mazzoli attended the Yale School of Music, the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, and Boston University, and is published by G. Schirmer.

(Reposted from the Opera Company of Philadelphia )

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