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Dominick Argento

 b. 1927Dominick Argento © Tom Berthiaume

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Dominick Argento is considered to be America's leading composer of lyric opera * Has written thirteen operas; most have been performed in both Europe and the U.S. * The majority of his music is vocal; all of it - instrumental and vocal - displays a natural dramatic impulse * In a predominantly tonal context, his music freely combines tonality, atonality and 12-tone writing * Won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for his song cycle From the Diary of Virginia Woolf

Works by Dominick Argento include:
Postcard from Morocco (1971) opera in one act
Casa Guidi (1983) five songs for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
Miss Havisham's Fire (1979, rev.2000) opera in two acts with prologue and epilogue

Looking Ahead: In an exciting November double bill, Oyssey Opera of Boston will present two one-act operas by Argento: A Water Bird Talk, and Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night, conducted by Gil Rose. In December, the Eastman School of Music will perform Four Seascapes under the direction of William Weinert.

"I think that music ... began as an emotional language. For me, all music begins where speech stops." — Dominick Argento

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