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Missy Mazzoli Back To Performers

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As an established composer on the contemporary music scene, Missy Mazzoli inhabits an exquisite and mysterious sound-world that melds indie-rock sensibilities with formal training.

In July 2018 Maestro Ricardo Muti named Mazzoli to be Mead Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony. Mazzoli’s music has been presented and performed all over the world by such organizations as the Edinburgh International Festival, the BBC Proms, Opera Philadelphia, Minnesota Orchestra, and others; Kronos Quartet, Jack Quartet, Roomful of Teeth, and soloists including Emanuel Ax, Maya Beiser, and Jennifer Koh.

Her opera with librettist Royce Vavrek, Breaking the Waves, commissioned by Opera Philadelphia with Beth Morrison Productions, was awarded the inaugural Award for Best New Opera by the Music Critics Association of North America.

Mazzoli’s opera Proving Up (libretto by Vavrek) premiered in January 2018 at Washington National Opera, co-commissioned with Opera Omaha and Miller Theater of Columbia University. Additional performances have taken place at the Aspen Music Festival, Oberlin Conservatory, Shepherd School of Music (Houston), Pasadena Opera and Ad Astra (Kansas).

Her critically acclaimed multimedia chamber opera, Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt, has received numerous performances including those by LA Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theater, Chicago Fringe Opera and the Musitheatertage Wien.

Mazzoli is currently on the composition faculty of the Mannes College of Music, a division of the New School, and a co-founder of Luna Composition Lab. An active pianist, Mazzoli performs with Victoire, an "all-star, all-female quintet" (Time Out New York) she founded in 2008 which is dedicated exclusively to her own compositions.

Robert Spano, Music Director

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