Lori Laitman

Lori Laitman

1955 -

Laitman's oeuvre of over 200 art songs spans the breadth of American literature, from Emily Dickinson to contemporary poets. Her songs are widely performed, and she has received countless commissions to write vocal music, especially song cycles, for which she is particularly talented.

Photo: Lori Laitman, Photo credit: Christian Steiner, www.artsongs.com


Laitman, a native of New York, graduated from Yale College and The Yale School of Music with a focus on composition for theatre and film. However, she began writing almost solely for voice in 1991. Her first opera Come To Me In Dreams was premiered by Cleveland Opera in 2004. The Three Feathers, Laitman's children's opera with librettist Dana Gioia, was commissioned by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech and premiered there in October 2014 in a production directed by Beth Greenberg. Her opera The Scarlet Letter, to a libretto by poet David Mason (based on the Hawthorne classic), will receive its professional world premiere by Opera Colorado in May 2016. This new production will be directed by Greenberg, conducted by Ari Pelto, and will feature Elizabeth Futral, Dominic Armstrong and Malcolm MacKenzie in the lead roles.

Laitman's songs set not only the poetry of American composers (including Sara Teasdale, William Carlos Williams, Mary Oliver, Richard Wilbur, Kenneth Rexroth, and Dana Gioia), but also the words of Holocaust victims/survivors, of Charles Baudelaire, and of poets from the Czech Republic, Ireland, England, Sri Lanka, Russia, and Poland.
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