Join Boheme Opera NJ in a fascinating look at the creating of an opera with well-known American composer SCOTT WHEELER. Hear his chat with Boheme Opera President Jerrold Kalstein and live excerpts of his operatic writing.
Scott Wheeler is an award-winning American composer, conductor, pianist and teacher with a multifaceted career. Although his chamber and orchestral music shows a wide range, it is his prominent profile as a composer of vocal and operatic music that defines his career and artistic personality. Wheeler’s most recent full-length opera is Naga, on a libretto of Cerise Jacobs, co-commissioned by White Snake Projects and Boston Lyric Opera. His latest operatic project is the 10-minute comedy Midsummer, based on a short play by Don Nigro, commissioned and premiered by Boston Opera Collaborative in October 2018. Other 2018-19 premieres include Dream Songs for Philosonia, Whispered Sarabande for violinist Mark Peskanov at Bargemusic, and “She Left for Good But Came Back” for the Bowers-Fader Duo, all premiering in New York.
Mr. Wheeler is based in Boston, Massachusetts. Since 1989, he has been on the faculty of Emerson College in Boston, where he has co-directed the music theater program. Wheeler co-founded - with Rodney Lister and Ezra Sims) and for many years was artistic director of the Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, of which he remains artistic adviser. as an active conductor and an advodate for the music of his colleagues, he has led numerous world and local premieres and recorded several compact discs. Wheeler is on the board of director of the Virgil Thomson Foundation, a composer advocacy group. He attend Amherst College, the New England Conservatory and Brandeis University and counts Virgil Thomson amoung his teachers. He was also a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center and in 1988 was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. http://www.scottwheeler.org/