Missy Mazzoli has been called “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” (New York Times) and “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out New York). Her music has been performed globally by the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, violinist Jennifer Koh, LA Opera, New York City Opera, the Minnesota Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and many others. From 2012-15, she was Composer-in-Residence with Opera Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera and Music Theatre-Group, and in 2011-2012 was composer-in-residence with the Albany Symphony.
Mazzoli’s opera, Breaking the Waves, based on the film by Lars von Trier and created in collaboration with librettist Royce Vavrek, was commissioned by Opera Philadelphia and Beth Morrison Projects. Premiered in September 2016, it was called “one of the best 21st-century American operas yet” (Opera News), “powerful… dark and daring” (New York Times), and “savage, heartbreaking and thoroughly original” (Wall Street Journal). Her first multimedia chamber opera, Song from the Uproar, had a sold-out run at the venerable NY venue The Kitchen. Recent months have seen the critically acclaimed premiere of Mazzoli’s third opera, Proving Up, at Washington National Opera; the premiere of Vespers for a New Dark Age, an extended work for her ensemble Victoire and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, commissioned by Carnegie Hall; and new works performed by pianist Emanuel Ax, the BBC Symphony, the LA Philharmonic and the Detroit Symphony. Upcoming commissions include works for Opera Philadelphia, the National Ballet of Canada, Opera Omaha, and New York’s Miller Theatre.
Mazzoli is the recipient of a Fulbright Grant, a 2015 Music grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and four ASCAP young composer awards. Along with composer Ellen Reid she recently founded Luna Lab, a mentorship program for young female composers in collaboration with the Kaufman Music Center in New York. She teaches composition at the Mannes School of Music at The New School.
Missy Mazzoli first came to the Cabrillo Festival as a composer participant of the 2007 Conductors/Composers Workshop, and has since been featured as a composer-in-residence in 2010 and 2015. She returns for the performance of Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) during Of Other Worlds, Sunday, August 12.