Richard Wargo

Richard Wargo (composer/librettist) has been lauded by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a fresh new voice in American opera” and by Opera News as “a born opera composer.” A native of Scranton, PA and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, he is a two-time recipient of the Belin Arts Scholarship. He has received grants from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pa. Council on the Arts and a fellowship from the Theatre Communications Group to serve as composer-in-residence at the Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee, where his opera Ballymore, based on Brian Friel’s play “Lovers,” was premiered in 1999 and recorded for PBS. Recent performances of Ballymore include productions by Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland and by Chelsea Opera in New York City. Mr. Wargo’s opera A Chekhov Trilogy was premiered by Chautauqua Opera in 1993 and since then has received numerous performances, including productions of the Trilogy’s third segment “The Music Shop” by the Juilliard School and by Opera national du Rhin in Colmar, France. A workshop performance of his current project, Sharon’s Grave, was presented jointly by the Seagle Music Colony and the Sembrich Opera Music in the summer of 2015. Mr. Wargo is a member of ASCAP. During the summer months, he serves as Artistic Director of the Sembrich Opera Museum in Bolton Landing on Lake George, NY.
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