The House without a Christmas Tree. Previously: O Columbia (2015).
About the Artist:
Royce Vavrek is a Grande Prairie, Canada–born, Brooklyn-based librettist and lyricist whose opera Angel’s Bone with composer Du Yun was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music. He made his HGO debut in 2015 with HGOco’s world premiere of O Columbia (composer Gregory Spears). He is also known for his diverse collaborations with composers Ricky Ian Gordon (27); David T. Little (Dog Days, Am I Born, JFK); Missy Mazzoli (Song from the Uproar, Breaking the Waves); Joshua Schmidt (Midwestern Gothic); Paola Prestini (Yoani, The Hubble Cantata); Matt Marks (A Song for Wade [This is Not That Song], Strip Mall); Ellen Reid (Knoxville: Summer of 2015); Mikael Karlsson (Diana Vreeland); and Marisa Michelson (Naamah’s Ark). Vavrek is co-artistic director of The Coterie, an opera-theater company founded with Tony-nominated soprano Lauren Worsham. The company is currently developing a series of short films that will operatically adapt Aaron Teel’s novella-in-flash Shampoo Horns into six installments, each composed by a different composer, a project supported by the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. He holds a BFA in filmmaking and creative writing from Concordia University, Montreal, and an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at New York University. He is an alumnus of American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program.