David Lang
Composer

Biography
Passionate, prolific, and complicated, composer David Lang embodies the restless spirit of invention. Lang is at the same time deeply versed in the classical tradition and committed to music that resists categorization, constantly creating new forms. Many of Lang's pieces resemble each other only in the fierce intelligence and clarity of vision that inform their structures. His catalogue is extensive, and his opera, orchestra, chamber, and solo works are by turns ominous, ethereal, urgent, hypnotic, unsettling, and very emotionally direct. Much of his work seeks to expand the definition of virtuosity in music — even the deceptively simple pieces can be fiendishly difficult to play and require incredible concentration by musicians and audiences alike.

OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development2013
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2012
Opera for a New America 1993


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Eugene Operathe little match girl passion12/29/2019 - 12/29/2019
Los Angeles OperaThe Loser2/22/2019 - 2/23/2019
Resonance Works | Pittsburghthe little match girl passion3/17/2018 - 3/18/2018
Portland OperaThe Difficulty of Crossing a Field7/28/2017 - 7/28/2017
Portland Operathe little match girl passion7/28/2017 - 7/28/2017
HEREAnatomy Theater1/7/2017 - 1/7/2017
Los Angeles OperaAnatomy Theater6/16/2016 - 6/19/2016
Long Beach OperaThe Difficulty of Crossing a Field6/6/2014 - 6/28/2014
Glimmerglass Festivalthe little match girl passion7/7/2013 - 8/22/2013
Long Beach OperaThe Difficulty of Crossing a Field6/6/2011 - 6/18/2011
Santa Fe OperaModern Painters7/29/1995 - 8/11/1995


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