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LORI LAITMAN  

(b 1955 )

Described by Fanfare magazine as “one of the most talented and intriguing of living composers,” Lori Laitman has composed multiple operas and choral works, and hundreds of songs, setting texts by classical and contemporary poets (including those who perished in the Holocaust). Her music has generated substantial critical acclaim. The Journal of Singing wrote: “It is difficult to think of anyone before the public today who equals her exceptional gifts for embracing a poetic text and giving it new and deeper life through music.”

Laitman’s opera The Scarlet Letter, with a libretto by David Mason, was released on Naxos (8.669034–35) and named a Critic’s Choice by Opera News and one of the top five albums of 2018 by Fanfare magazine. The Three Feathers, Laitman’s fairy-tale opera with librettist Dana Gioia, premiered in 2014 and has since been heard throughout the US and in Singapore. Uncovered, her opera based on Leah Lax’s memoir, will premiere in April 2021 at Utah State University.

Laitman has received many prestigious commissions, including from the BBC and the Royal Philharmonic Society, OPERA America, Opera Colorado, Seattle Opera, Grant Park Music Festival, Music of Remembrance and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. A magna cum laude Yale College graduate, she received her Master of Music from Yale School of Music, which awarded her the Ian Mininberg Alumni Award for Distinguished Service in May 2018.

For more information, please visit www.artsongs.com.

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