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The Family Room
Thomas Pasatieri
Thomas Pasatieri (born New York, United States, October 20, 1945)began composing at age 10 and, as a teenager, studied with Nadia Boulanger. He entered the Juilliard School at age 16 and eventually became the school's first recipient of a doctoral degree. Pasatieri has taught composition at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. From 1980 through 1984, he held the post of Artistic Director at Atlanta Opera. He has composed 22 operas, the best known of which is The Seagull, composed in 1972. Two of his operas were premiered in 2007: Frau Margot by the Fort Worth Opera and The Hotel Casablanca in San Francisco. Other popular operas include La Divina and Signor Deluso. In 1984, Pasatieri moved to Los Angeles, California, where he formed his film music production company, Topaz Productions. His film orchestrations can be heard in Road to Perdition, American Beauty, The Little Mermaid, The Shawshank Redemption, Fried Green Tomatoes, Legends of the Fall, Thomas Newman's Angels in America and Scent of a Woman, among many others. In 2003, Pasatieri returned to New York to continue his concert and opera career.
Daphne Malfitano
Daphne Malfitano was born in New York City, but has spent her life throughout Europe and the United States. The daughter of acclaimed opera singer Catherine Malfitano, she was raised in the theatre. From the age of four she worked as a professional actor, and trained at the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, as well as the Lee Strasberg school, the Steppenwolf school, and the Piven theatre.

She excelled in Creative Writing as a student (even having a poem published in the high school magazine), but only shifted her focus to writing in her early 20s. Since then she has studied novel writing at NYU and playwriting at Stony Brook Southampton under the instruction of Emily Mann, where she was awarded the 2010 Playwriting prize. She has written two full-length plays, Ballad for the Obsolete, and A Good Man, as well as a one-act, Paternus. In December of 2008 she partnered with composer Thomas Pasatieri to create The Family Room, her first libretto.

She currently lives in Brooklyn and is working on both a novel, and her newest full-length play which she dearly hopes will be completed soon (the play, not the novel).
Lauren Flanigan (soprano)
Catherine Malfitano(soprano)
July 23, 2011
We find two nameless women living in a windowless studio. Their surroundings are equal parts homey and derelict: a fridge bearing moldy cheese; a single, stained futon; and a treasured, but unexplained baby doll. One woman writes continually in a diary, weaving narrative as though recording their daily lives. However, the stories are of dinner parties and relatives, of husbands and love and a child named Georgie. The women discuss these “plans” of Thanksgiving supper at a beautifully set table surrounded by loved ones, while they lay mismatched silverware against the rickety tabletop in their dilapidated nest. They speak of family, but their only company are ominous sounds from above. There is life up there, but we are stuck as they are, beneath it, in The Family Room.
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Thomas Pasatieri's musical style is rooted in romanticism, employing elements of both bel canto lyricism and verismo declamation. The Family Room is scored for two sopranos and an ensemble of 14 instruments. Running ninety minutes in one act, it wrings an emotional impact on the audience involving them in the horrors and fantasies of two women trapped in a desperate situation with fatal consequences.
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