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Lori Laitman

The Vocal Music of Lori Laitman, now available as a pdf

Lori Laitman


LORI LAITMAN is one of America’s most prolific and widely performed composers of vocal music. She has composed two operas, an oratorio, choral works and over 200 songs, setting the words of classical and contemporary poets, among them the lost voices of poets who perished in the Holocaust.  The Journal of Singing has written: “It is difficult to think of anyone before the public today who equals her exceptional gifts for embracing a poetic text and giving it new and deeper life through music.”

Laitman is currently composing a one-act children's opera with librettist Dana Gioia (past chairman of The National Endowment for the Arts). This work has been commissioned by the Center for the Arts at VA Tech to celebrate the opening of the Center. The opera is based on a Grimm's fairy tale, The Three Feathers, and the work will premiere in the fall of 2014, with director Beth Greenberg.

Opera Colorado’s premiere of Laitman’s opera The Scarlet Letter, with Elizabeth Futral as Hester Prynne, directed by Beth Greenberg, will be presented in 2016. The libretto, based on the Hawthorne classic, is by Colorado’s Poet Laureate David Mason. Vedem, a Holocaust oratorio (another collaboration with Mason), was commissioned by Music of Remembrance and premiered in Seattle in May 2010. Of Naxos’ release of the CD in 2011, Fanfare Magazine wrote: “A most touching experience, and one that further confirms Laitman’s status as one of the most talented and intriguing of living composers.” Laitman and Mason are currently developing Ludlow, a new opera based on Mason’s award-winning verse novel about the 1914 Colorado mining town disaster. Act I was presented in June 2012 by The University of Colorado’s New Opera Workshop.

Laitman’s music has steadily gained recognition, both in U.S. and abroad. In 2012, she was one of the composers commissioned by Opera America to compose a song for The Opera America Songbook in celebration of the opening of the National Opera Center in NYC. The National Museum of Women in the Arts in DC presented Laitman in recital on The Shenson Series. The Washington Master Chorale commissioned and premiered her Dickinson choral song cycle,The Earth and I, and will release the recording on their debut CD. Todesfuge was commissioned and premiered by Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair and cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton in New York, DC, and at London’s Wigmore Hall. Laitman’s music was featured on Thomas Hampson’s Song of America radio series and website, and an entry on Laitman was included in the 2012 edition of The Grove Dictionary of American Music.

Albany Records has released Laitman’s four solo CDs. Her latest, Within These Spaces, garnered exceptional praise:“One hundred years hence, when critics look back at the art songs of our era, there will be many fine composers to laud and applaud, but few will deserve higher praise than Lori Laitman.” (The Journal of Singing); “This is music of depth and richness that connects with the soul.”(American Record Guide); “Her affinity for the voice…is beyond doubt…her songs represent outpourings of great beauty.” (Fanfare Magazine)

Laitman graduated magna cum laude from Yale College and received her Master of Music degree from The Yale School of Music. For more information, please visit artsongs.com andscarletletteropera.com.