TOM CIPULLO (b 1960 )
Composer Tom Cipullo has been hailed by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for music that displays “inexhaustible imagination, wit, expressive range and originality”. Cipullo was the winner of a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2013 Sylvia Goldstein Award from Copland House and the 2013 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy. His works are performed regularly throughout the United States and with increasing frequency internationally. His first opera, Glory Denied, is based on the true story of America’s longest-held prisoner of war, and has enjoyed numerous productions around the US. The Fort Worth Opera recording on Albany Records was voted by Opera News as among the best of 2014. Reviewers have hailed Cipullo’s opera as “intriguing and unconventional” (The New York Times), citing a “luminous score that offered vivid embodiments of the protagonist’s mental states”. (The Washington Post).” Cipullo received his Master’s degree in composition from Boston University and his B.S. from Hofstra University, Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors in music. He studied composition and orchestration with David Del Tredici, Thea Musgrave, Elie Siegmeister, and Albert Tepper.