New York City Opera Recognized H. Leslie Adams, Composer Featured in the 2006 VOX: American Composer Showcase; New York City Opera Association

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Veteran Song Composer H. Leslie Adams opera Blake, will be among 12 composers chosen to be featured within the 2006 VOX: American Composers Showcase, hosted by the New York City Opera Association.

Adams opera Blake will feature singers from the roster of The New York City Opera Association who will perform the selected excerpt of the opera in the first of two day of new works being performed and featured. The Showcase will take place at the Jack Skirball CEnter for the Performing Arts on the campus of New York University in New York City.

The Two-day of New Works have been a platform for works in the past such as Margeret Garner by Richard Danielpour and Librettist Toni Morrison and Little Woman by Mark Adamo to name a few. Mark Adamo is the Composer-in-residence at The New York City Opera Association and the Chairman of the VOX Series which is also hosted by The New York City Opera Association. New York City Opera, since its inception, has championed new works and several works have received their New York City and/or World premiere through the stage of the New York City Opera such as Lizzie Borden by Jack Beeson, Susannah by Carlisle Floyd, and most recent Lysistrata by Mark Adamo.

“I have always held in my heart the hope and chance of this labor of love and commitment to reach the world’s greatest stages and with this profound opportunity and honor of The New York City Opera Association inviting me to be apart of this year’s symposium, perhaps all of my years of work will now be shared with the world,” Adams said. “I have always received encouragement regarding the work and promoting the meaning of the work. I firmly believe, even in a world of difference and adversity; this work will join the many elements of unity amongst us all.”

Adams training includes studies with Dorothy Smith and Mina Eichenbaum (piano), Glenville High School, voice with John Howard Tucker; Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Ohio, studied composition with Herbert Elwell and Joseph Wood, voice with Robert Fountain, piano with Emil Danenberg, B.M, studied composition with Robert Starer; studied composition with Vittorio Giannini, California State University at Long Beach, studied under Leon Dallin, and at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, studied composition with Marshall Barnes, PhD., studied orchestration with Edward Mattila, Marcel Dick and Eugene O'Brien. Highlights Adams's orchestral works include those by the Prague Radio Symphony (under Julius Williams); the Iceland Symphony (under Everett Lee); the Cleveland Orchestra (under Jahja Ling, Gareth Morrell, Mathis Dulack and Alan Gilbert); the Buffalo Philharmonic (under Julius Rudel and William Eddins. Metropolitan Opera artists who have performed Adams' works include Sopranos Martina Arroyo and Veronica Tyler, Mezzo Sopranos Hilda Harris, Barbara Conrad and Florence Quivar; Tenors Seth McCoy and Curtis Rayam; and Baritone Ben Holt.

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