David Hertzberg Named Composer in Residence at Opera Philadelphia

David Hertzberg Named Composer in Residence at Opera Philadelphia

Opera Philadelphia, in collaboration with Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group in New York, is proud to announce that composer David Hertzberg, whose music "demonstrates that a gifted young composer can be inspired by masters and still speak with a vibrantly personal style" (the New York Times), has been selected as its fifth Composer in Residence (CIR). Hertzberg was chosen from over 150 applicants for the position and now has the opportunity to follow a personalized development track focused on the advancement of his skills as an operatic composer.

Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program fosters tomorrow's American operatic masterpieces through personalized creative development and intensive, hands-on composition opportunities for today's most promising opera composers. The Composer in Residence position combines its individualized plan of study with a living stipend and health benefits.

Of his appointment, Hertzberg said, "I am very much looking forward to spending the next three years working closely with such dynamic and creative companies as Opera Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera, and Music-Theatre Group. Opera is, for me, coterminous with music, and has completely shaped my aesthetic world. I look forward to delving as deeply into this medium as I can."

Hailed as "opulently gifted" (Opera News) and "utterly original" (the New York Times) the music of David Hertzberg (b. 1990, Los Angeles) is swiftly garnering recognition, with recent seasons seeing performances at the festivals of Aspen, Tanglewood, and Santa Fe, and on the stages of Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall.<