Anthony Davis ( Composer )
ANTHONY DAVIS won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his score for THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE. Mr. Davis has composed seven operas. X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, with a libretto by Thulani Davis, which was commissioned by New York City Opera where it had its premiere in 1986. A recording of the opera was released in 1992 on the Gramavision label and earned a Grammy nomination for music composition. He has composed six other operas: Under the Double Moon, with a libretto by Deborah Atherton, premiered at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 1989; Tania, based on the kidnapping of Patty Hearst with a libretto by Michael John LaChiusa, premiered at the American Music Theater Festival in 1992, was recorded and released for KOCH International in October 2001 and received its European premiere in Vienna in November 2003; Amistad, with a libretto by Thulani Davis, directed by George C. Wolfe, premiered at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1997, and was subsequently presented at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston in May 2008 in a new production directed by Sam Helfrich; Wakonda’s Dream, libretto by Yusef Komunyakaa, had its world premiere with Opera Omaha in March 2007; Lilith, an opera about Adam’s first wife based on Allan Havis’ acclaimed play with a libretto by the playwright (2009); and Lear on the 2nd Floor, inspired by King Lear (2013). He has two music theater works in development, Shimmer, about the McCarthy Era with Sarah Schulman and Michael Korie, and Tupelo, about the life of Elvis Presley written with Arnold Weinstein. Mr. Davis has been commissioned to compose numerous works for the San Francisco Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Kansas City Symphony and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His other works include the music for the critically acclaimed original Broadway productions of Tony Kushner's Angels in America (1993 & 1994). In addition, he has written two choral works: Voyage Through Death to Life Upon These Shores, an a cappella work based on the poem "Middle Passage" by Robert Hayden; and Restless Mourning, an oratorio for mixed chorus and chamber ensemble with live electronics.
Richard Wesley ( Librettist )
Librettist RICHARD WESLEY is an Associate Professor in playwriting and screenwriting at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He was educated at Howard University in Washington, DC, graduating with a BFA in 1967. His plays include The Black Terror, a Drama Desk winner, produced at the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theater in 1971, and The Mighty Gents, an Audelco Award winner, which premiered on Broadway in 1978. The 1970s also saw Prof. Wesley embark on a motion picture career, penning screenplays for the motion pictures Uptown Saturday Night (1974), Let’s Do It Again (1975), Native Son (1984) and Fast Forward (1985). Prof. Wesley’s teleplays include Murder Without Motive (1991), Mandela and De Klerk (1997), and Bojangles (2000). He has also written episodes for the television series, Fallen Angels and 100 Centre Street.
Gil Rose ( Conductor )
Conductor GIL ROSE is the Founder as well as Artistic and General Director of Boston’s Odyssey Opera, and the Founder and Artistic Director of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. A sought after guest conductor on both the opera and symphonic concert stages, as well as recordings, he won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, which he both conducted and produced. Mr. Rose has been acknowledged for his “sense of style and sophistication” by Opera News, noted as “an amazingly versatile conductor” by The Boston Globe, praised for conducting with “admiral command” by The New York Times, and has been called “one of the most adventurous conductors in the world” by KUSC Radio.
Andreas Mitisek ( Director )
ANDREAS MITISEK (Director) has been Long Beach Opera’s Artistic and General Director since 2003 and held the same position at Chicago Opera Theater from 2012 to 2017, where he led the company’s financial turnaround, and produced its first commissioned work. Recent LBO directing credits include The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, King Gesar, Macbeth, Tell-Tale Heart, Van Gogh, The Paper Nautilus, Ainadamar, and María de Buenos Aires. Also a conductor, his recent LBO conducting credits include: Thérèse Raquin, I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky, The Death of Klinghoffer, Camelia la Tejana, and The Fall of the House of Usher (a co-production with Chicago Opera Theater). He has also conducted Joruri in Tokyo, Don Giovanni (Seattle Opera), Madama Butterfly (Orlando Opera), Jane Eyre (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis), Eugene Onegin (Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile), and the Austrian and Italian premieres of Nixon in China.