The Cliburn
28 Mar

Mark Adamo, composer

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
2:00 pm

Mark Adamo, composer


A minute after the music began, I knew that I was in the hands of a brilliant theatre composer. The New Yorker

American composer-librettist Mark Adamo first attracted national attention with his uniquely celebrated début opera, Little Women, after the Alcott novel. Introduced by Houston Grand Opera in 1998, it is one of the most frequently performed American operas of the last 15 years, with more than 80 national and international engagements. While his principal work continues to be for the opera house (Lysistrata and The Gospel of Mary Magdalene), over the past several years he has ventured into chamber, symphonic, and choral composition; his first concerto, Four Angels, for harp and orchestra, was commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra and debuted in June 2007.

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