Ricky Ian Gordon’s credits include: Rappahannock County; librettist, Mark Campbell, Virginia Opera, Sycamore Trees, Signature Theatre, Green Sneakers, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, The Grapes of Wrath; librettist, Michael Korie, Minnesota, Utah, and Pittsburgh Opera, Carnegie Hall, Orpheus and Euridice (OBIE Award) Lincoln Center, My Life With Albertine, with Richard Nelson, Playwrights Horizons (AT&T Award), Dream True, with Tina Landau, Vineyard Theater (Richard Rodgers Award), The Tibetan Book Of The Dead; librettist, Jean Claude Van Itallie, Houston Grand Opera, Only Heaven, with Langston Hughes, Encompass Opera, and an operatic monologue Night Flight To San Francisco, for soprano Renee Fleming, and orchestra. His songs have been recorded and performed by such artists as Ms. Fleming, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Frederica Von Stade, Dawn Upshaw, and many others. Upcoming projects include operas for The Metropolitan Opera with librettist Lynn Nottage, and an opera of Giorgio Bassani’s The Garden of the Finzi-Continis with Michael Korie. After Mr. Gordon’s Lincoln Center American Songbook, entitled “Bright Eyed Joy,” the New York Times noted, “If the music of Ricky Ian Gordon had to be defined by a single quality, it would be the bursting effervescence infusing songs that blithely blur the lines between art song and the high-end Broadway music of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim…It’s caviar for a world gorging on pizza.”
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|GRANT NAME||YEAR||The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development||2016||New Works Sampler ||2016||The Opera Fund: Audience Development ||2015||The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development||2013||The Opera Fund: Audience Development ||2007||The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development||2006||The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development||2003|
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