Chautauqua Institution

Founded in 1929, The Chautauqua Opera Company is North America's oldest continuously operating summer opera company and 4th oldest opera company after the Metropolitan Opera, Cincinnati Opera and San Francisco Opera. The Chautauqua Opera Company offers more than 40 operatic events each season, including fully staged productions in Chautauqua Institution's 4000-seat Amphitheater and in the historic 1,300-seat Norton Hall, Concerts with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, weekly recitals, Music Theater Revues, Opera Scenes programs, and operatic revues for young audiences. Chautauqua Opera productions feature internationally recognized guest artists as well as promising young singers from our Young Artist Program.

 

2017 Composer-in-Residence

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Hailed by the New York Times as “ravishing and engulfing,” Gity Razaz’s music ranges from concert solo pieces to large symphonic works. With an ear for intense melodies and expanding harmonic language, Gity’s compositions are often dramatically charged; as described by John Corigliano: “…her Middle-Eastern roots have merged with her Western sensibilities to produce music that is both original and startling. She is on her way to becoming a major force in contemporary music.”

Ms. Razaz’s music has been commissioned and performed by former cellist of the Kronos Quartet Jeffrey Zeigler, National Sawdust, Metropolis Ensemble, Canada’s National Ballet School, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian string orchestra 1B1, New York Virtuoso Singers, Cellist Inbal Segev, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, American Composers Orchestra, Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, VisionIntoArt, New York Choreographic Institute, Amsterdam Cello Biennale among others. Her compositions have earned national and international awards, such as the 2013 Jerome Foundation award, the Libby Larsen Prize in the 28th International Search for New Music Competition, Milwaukee Orchestra Composer Institute, Juilliard Composers’ Orchestra Competition, three ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer awards, and Juilliard’s Palmer Dixon Award for the outstanding composition of the year in 2010 and 2012, to name a few.

As composer-in-residence at National Sawdust’s inaugural season, Ms. Razaz presented a series of concerts of her music featuring her 35-minute dramatic song cycle, “Valley of Not-Knowing” as well as a new work for string orchestra and percussion for 1B1 String Ensemble, commissioned by National Sawdust. Upcoming projects include a 60-minute ballet score for Moscow Theatre Ballet, which is scheduled for a world premiere in Moscow in June 2017, as well as a work for classical guitar duo commissioned by Duo Noir(e).

Born in Tehran, Ms. Razaz started her musical studies in piano at a young age and began composing intuitively at age nine. Ms. Razaz attended The Juilliard School on full scholarship, and received her Bachelor and Master of Music in Composition under the tutelage of Samuel Adler, Robert Beaser and John Corigliano.

Learn more at GityRazaz.com