Dominick Argento has been celebrated as the leading composer of lyric opera of his generation * Wrote thirteen operas that have been performed in both Europe and the U.S. * His music, which is mostly written for voice, 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: Dominick Argento’s Dickens-inspired monodrama Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night is performed at the Grimeborn Opera Festival August 1-3 with Sarah Minns performing the title role.
"I think that music ... began as an emotional language. For me, all music begins where speech stops." — Dominick Argento