ALUMNI NEWS | Bravo tenor Dominick Chenes, Russian Opera Workshop Artist 2013, on WRTI Radio Audience Favorite vote from broadcast of AVA Giargiari Bel Canto Competition - http://wrti.org/post/vote-your-favorite-singer-ava-giargiari-bel-canto-competition-wrti-oct-12-4-pm
Photo: During Russian Opera Workshop 2013, Dominick sang the role of Paolo in Philadelphia premiere of "Francesca da Rimini" by Rachmaninoff.
Daron Hagen is one of America's most versatile, prolific, and respected composers. All eight of his major operas are currently in production or revival somewhere in the U.S., Europe, or Asia. His orchestral, chamber, and song catalogues are frequently programmed internationally.
Mr. Hagen's activities include stage direction, conducting; and engagements as a collaborative pianist, artistic director, writer, and librettist.
He has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Leonard Bernstein, JoAnn Falletta, Gary Graffman, Nathan Gunn, Jaime Laredo, David Alan Miller, Sharon Robinson, Gerard Schwarz, Leonard Slatkin, and Robert Spano, among others. His work has been widely commissioned and performed by most of North America's major musical institutions, and numerous institutions abroad, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Seattle Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Curtis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Swan (UK), Seattle Opera, Opera Theater of Ireland, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Louvre, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing), and Royal Albert Hall.
Mr. Hagen has served frequently as conductor and collaborative pianist for recordings of his works. His music can be heard on the Albany, Arsis, Bridge, Clarion, GPR, Klavier, Naxos, and New World/CRI labels, among others.
In 2012, he was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship. He has also received the Kennedy Center Friedheim Prize, two Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowships, ASCAP and BMI prizes, and the Seattle Opera Chairman's Award. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Curtis Institute of Music and of the Juilliard School, he has taught at Bard College, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Princeton Atelier, and fulfilled numerous composer-in-residencies around the U.S. He is a Lifetime Member of the Corporation of Yaddo, former President of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and a Trustee of the Douglas Moore Fund for American Opera.
A complete list of Mr. Hagen's over 250 published art songs, song cycles, and choral works, eight operas, four symphonies, twelve concerti, and over forty chamber works may be found, along with information about upcoming performances and premieres, at his website: www.daronhagen.com.
Lydia sang Juliet in Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" and Dominick performed Paolo in Philadelphia premiere of Rachmaninoff's "Francesca da Rimini".
Major thanks to Russian Opera Workshop Artist 2013 and our superb music faculty for delivering a world-class summer artists program. This photo depict what happens when one spends eight months in Dante's "Inferno" and practicing Rachmaninoff's *hellishly* difficult "Francesca da Rimini" score. I shall return to my normal form in a few days for a new project. The 2014 summer season is a huge two-session program. Tell your friends and stay tuned!
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