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.
In 2003 Composer and New Yorker music writer Russell Platt sat down with Daron to discuss Hagen's opera Vera of Las Vegas.
Russell Platt: Vera of Las Vegas is your third opera written in collaboration with Paul Muldoon. How did it all start-and what makes it work?
Daron Hagen: Paul and I had just finished the long process of following Shining Brow from composition through production when Paul Kreider, on behalf of the University of Nevada Las Vegas Opera Theater asked us for a new opera on a subject of our choosing. Having just created a very large, traditionally-crafted theater piece, we wanted to let our imaginations run wild, try to make words and music work together in new ways. Textually, the libretto rings changes on a sprawling sestina. Paul calls it the verse-vehicle for the serendipitous. Musically, the score is a series of variations on a rhythmic and motivic...
15 December 2013
New York, NY
National Opera Center
SONNET, from LOVE SONGS is featured in tandem with a reading by Gardner McFall of her original poem. Jamie van Eyck, soprano / Jocelyn Dueck
12 January 2014
LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND [NEW STAGED PRODUCTION] Tulsa Youth Opera. For more information, click here.
16 January 2014
Roanoke Symphony Destination Concert
The Green Room, 6 PM
VEGETABLE VERSELETS Tracy Cowden, piano / Arianna Wyatt, soprano. For more information, click here.