Opera Philadelphia

Missy Mazzoli

Missy Mazzoli has produced new works for eighth blackbird, Kronos Quartet, the League of Composers Orchestra, violinist Jennifer Koh as commissioned by the LA Philharmonic, and the Santa Fe Chamber Players, and has received additional commissions from Carnegie Hall and the Whitney Museum of Art.  The winner of four ASCAP Young Composer Awards and a Fulbright Grant to the Netherlands, she was recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” by The New York Times. In February 2012, she premiered her first full-length opera, Song from the Uproar, at The Kitchen in New York.  The Wall Street Journal called the work "powerful and new", while The New York Times said that, "in the electric surge of Ms. Mazzoli'sscore you felt the joy, risk, and unlimited potential of free spirits unbound.”  Her new, 25-minute opera entitled SALT, a multimedia collaboration based on the biblical story of Lot’s wife, premiered at UNCChapel Hill in October 2012.

Missy Mazzoli
Missy Mazzoli, 3rd year composer in residence

Mazzoli’s 2013-2014 Season included many exciting new projects.  Carnegie Hall recently commissioned her to write a new work for her band Victoire, Wilco drummer/percussionist Glenn Kotche and vocalistsMellissa Hughes, Martha Cluver and Virginia Warnken.  This new work, based on poems by MatthewZapruder, premiered at Carnegie Hall on February 22, 2014, as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival.  The season also included premieres of newly commissioned works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and pianist Emanuel Ax, who performed her newest solo piano piece on tour across the country.

Mazzoli attended the Yale School of Music, the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, and Boston University, and is published by G. Schirmer.