About the speakers:
Missy Mazzoli’s music has been performed by the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the Cincinnati Orchestra, the National Symphony, LA Opera, Scottish Opera, eighth blackbird, Kronos Quartet and many others. She is one of the first two women to receive a main stage commission from the Metropolitan Opera, and was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Classical Composition. From 2018-2021 she was Composer-in-Residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and from 2012-2015 was Composer-in-Residence with Opera Philadelphia.
Royce Vavrek is a Canada-born, Brooklyn-based librettist and lyricist who has been called “the indie Hofmannsthal” (The New Yorker) a “Metastasio of the downtown opera scene” (The Washington Post), “an exemplary creator of operatic prose” (The New York Times), and “one of the most celebrated and sought after librettists in the world” (CBC Radio). His opera “Angel’s Bone” with composer Du Yun was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music.
Sydney Mancasola studied voice at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and later went on join Oper Frankfurt as a member of the ensemble. Sydney’s notable debuts have included her house debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Pamina in the Julie Taymor production of The Magic Flute, her company and role debut as Adina L’elisir d’amore at the Opéra de Paris, and Melisande Pelléas et Mélisande with LA Opera, and her debut as Bess in a new production of Breaking the Waves at the Adelaide Festival Centre in Australia and Edinburgh International Festival, where she was awarded a Herald Angel for her performance.
Nicolas Chesneau is a French pianist, vocal coach and conductor. He studied in Paris with Anne le Bozec. He worked in many opera houses in France (Bastille, Lille, Dijon, Strasbourg, Marseille) and as assistant in international festivals (Aix-en-Provence, Ruthrtriennale, Wienerfestwochen).
Important information: The discussion will be available both online and in person. While the conversation will happen in person (Mazzoli, Vavrek, Mancasola, and Chesneau will appear in the Reading Room), the Library will stream the conversation on Zoom for a live viewing experience. Both in-person and online attendees will be able to pose questions.
This event is presented in partnership with the Opéra Comique, with the support of The Florence Gould Foundation and the American Center for Art and Culture.
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