Vancouver Opera Announces Neil Weisensel as the New Composer for STICKBOY
Vancouver Opera is pleased to announce a new composer for its latest commissioned opera, Stickboy. Neil Weisensel will create the music for this innovative work, based on the bullying experiences of internationally-recognized Canadian spoken word poet Shane Koyczan. The previously-announced composer, Jordan Nobles has had to withdraw for personal reasons.
Neil Weisensel is one of the most frequently-performed and prolific opera composers in Canada. His six operas (Gisela in her Bathtub, City Workers in Love, The Bachelor Farmers of the Apocalypse, Merry Christmas Stephen Leacock, The Master's Stroke and Secret Service - four of which were written with librettist/director Michael Cavanagh) have together seen 115 performances across Canada. He has also composed and arranged music for feature films, stage works, documentaries, and animation.
"I am really pleased to be working with Neil on this project," comments James W. Wright, General Director of Vancouver Opera. "I have followed his work for nearly fifteen years, am aware of his fine reputation as a composer, and I'm very happy we have finally found the right project for him and Vancouver Opera."
In 2009 the Victoria Symphony premiered Mr. Weisensel's original works and arrangements, including I Feel a Change Today, co-composed with his wife, Rachel Landrecht, for former U.S. President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. Mr. Weisensel also performed solo piano at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. His music has been performed for Al Gore and Justin Trudeau, and his big band collaboration with superstar Michael Bublé earned him a Genie nomination. Mr. Weisensel lives in Winnipeg with wife Rachel and daughter Miracle.