Tony Solitro composes concert and stage music that is “fraught with tension” and “amusingly intricate” (The Theatre Times). Politics, history, literature, drama, and visual art inspire his compositions. Examples from recent projects include: No More in Darkness, a meditation on Alexandra David-Neel's pioneering journey to Tibet; More Beautiful Than Night, a cycle of gay love songs interweaving romance, sensuality, and humor; and Les Bouteilles de la Table Ronde, a surrealist drinking song for women, integrated within a mixed-media installation. Highlights from 2019 include Burial (Utah Opera, Golden Spike Commission) and Canción Exaltada (Victory Players, MIFA 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 is currently a 2019-21 Composer Fellow with The American Opera Project. He 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 bassist Joseph Conyers (Assistant Principal, Philadelphia Orchestra) and recorded with the Daedalus Quartet. He was also awarded fellowships and artist residencies at Yaddo, Djerassi, Brush Creek, I-Park Foundation, Kimmel Harding Nelson, VCCA, Willapa Bay AiR, and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Currently serving on faculty at Longy School of Music of Bard College, Tony 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.
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