RICKY IAN GORDON (b 1956 )
Ricky Ian Gordon’s songs have been performed and/or recorded by such renowned singers as Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Audra MacDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and Frederica Von Stade. His opera The Grapes Of Wrath was first staged at Minnesota Opera and was seen in New York at Carnegie Hall. Other works include Orpheus and Euridice at Lincoln Center (OBIE Award); Sycamore Trees at The Signature Theatre; Green Sneakers at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival; My Life with Albertine at Playwrights Horizons and Dream True at The Vineyard. He is a recipient of a Lincoln Center/American Songbook Series concert devoted to his music entitled Bright Eyed Joy: The Music of Ricky Ian Gordon. He has been the guest of many festivals, universities and conferences and received numerous honors including the Stephen Sondheim Award, the Helen Hayes Award, an Alumni Merit Award from Carnegie-Mellon University and the Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Theatre Foundation Award. He studied composition at Carnegie-Mellon University.