Opera Philadelphia

David T. Little

An accomplished rock drummer and the founding artistic director for the amplified chamber ensembleNewspeak, David T. Little fuses classical and popular idioms to powerful effect. The New Yorker has called him, “one of the most imaginative young composers on the music-theatre scene.” His multi-media music theatre work, Soldier Songs, based on interviews with veterans of five wars, received its New York City premiere in January 2013 at the inaugural PROTOTYPE Festival. The Wall Street Journal called Little’s first full-length opera, Dog Days, “one of the most exciting new operas of recent years,” and The New York Times cited Dog Days as one of two highlights of the season, stating that the work “proved beyond any doubt that opera has both a relevant present and a bright future.”

David T. Little
David T. Little, 1st year composer in residence

Little recently completed the large scale work AGENCY for the Kronos Quartet with electronics; two songs from Artaud in the Black Lodge (a theatre work in progress for tenor and chamber ensemble, commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects) for the 21C Liederabend at BAM; Hellhound for cello and small ensemble for Maya Beiser.  A new production of Soldier Songs with film by Bill Morrison recently premiered in D.C. and will make its international debut on the Holland Festival next month. He is currently working on a new opera about the last day of John F. Kennedy’s life, with a libretto by RoyceVavrek, commissioned by the Fort Worth Opera and American Lyric Theater to premiere in 2016. He was mostly recently awarded a commission from The Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theater as part of their new works program.

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