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Mark Adamo
Born in 1962, Adamo is acclaimed by critic Alex Ross as “one of the best opera composers of the moment.” He has lately ventured into symphonic composition, choral work, and stage direction with striking assurance. Adamo first attracted national attention with the libretto and score to his uniquely successful début opera, Little Women, after the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Introduced by Houston Grand Opera in 1998 and revived there in 2000, Little Women has since enjoyed over fifty-five national and international engagements.

Composer-in-residence at New York City Opera from 2001 through 2006, where he led the VOX: Showcasing American Composers program, Mark Adamo also served as Master Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts in May 2003, when he coached teams of composers and librettists in developing their work for the stage.

Adamo began his education in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where, as a freshman in the Dramatic Writing Program, he received the Paulette Goddard Remarque Scholarship for outstanding undergraduate achievement in playwriting. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Music Degree cum laude in composition in 1990 from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he was awarded the Theodore Presser prize for outstanding undergraduate achievement in composition.

Mark Adamo
Patrick Summers (Conductor)
March 04, 2005
Houston Grand Opera Association, Inc.
A revision of Aristophanes's satire as a comically tough-minded look at the forces of attraction and the attractions of force. Impatient with her lover's absorption in a pointless war, Lysistrata persuades the women of both sides to withhold sex until their men make peace. Outraged, Orestes joins with the enemy, swearing to continue the war until the women regain their senses. Farce yields to soul-searching as the lovers struggle to win their battles without losing the war—or each other.
Xanthe & Aphrodite(high lyr s)
Lysia(lirico-spinto s)
Charito & Tisiphone(high lyr s)
Dike & Alecto(s)
Arete & Megaera(mz)
Bion & First Geezer(bar or b-bar)
Two Geezers & Bion, Philo(bar or b-bar)
Alpheus & Ares(t)
24 (SSATTB x 4)
1 fl(picc), 1 cl, 1 asx(barsx), 1 bsn - 1 hrn, 1 trp - timp, 2 perc - hp - strings(4 vln1, 4 vln2, 3 vla, 3 vc, 2 db)
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Fall 2014 Magazine Issue
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  • Emerging Artists: Act One

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