Tony Solitro is an active composer of concert and stage music. Commissions include works for Boston Opera Collaborative (She’s Fabulous, Triangle, A Case of Anxiety), MIFA Victory Players (Canción Exaltada), Network for New Music (Automata), and Utah Opera (Burial, Golden Spike Commission).
“Delightfully executed with sidesplitting hilarity” (The Theater Times), Tony’s mythology-infused comedy Triangle was featured on Fort Worth Opera’s 2019 Frontiers Showcase and was presented during the National Opera Association’s 2019 Conference in Salt Lake City as one of three finalists for the Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition. Commissioned by Boston Opera Collaborative and premiered in partnership with Boston New Music Initiative, Triangle was praised for its “spiky, smashing, blasting” orchestrations and hailed “a standout favorite” (the Intelligencer). In his 2016 vignette She’s Fabulous—a “wonderfully humorous” satire featuring two bitter opera divas—Solitro conjured “spastically dramatic and emotionally volatile music…juxtaposing lush arias with brisk recitatives” (the Intelligencer).
Tony earned his Ph.D. as a recipient of the George Crumb Music Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.M. from the Longy School of Music on a Nadia and Lili Boulanger Scholarship. Awarded the Grand Prize in the David Walter Composition Competition (International Society of Bassists), Tony’s string quintet Shadow Confrontations was composed for Joseph Conyers (Principal Bass, Philadelphia Orchestra) and recorded with the Daedalus Quartet. He has received fellowships and artist residencies from Yaddo, Djerassi, I-Park, The American Opera Project, Brush Creek, Kimmel Harding Nelson, Willapa Bay, VCCA, and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.
Tony serves on faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where he teaches orchestration and leads an opera creation workshop, facilitating collaboration between composers, singers, and instrumentalists.
To hear recordings, see videos, and explore his composition catalogue, visit www.tonysolitro.com.
Photo by Becky Oehlers