Wainwright, LaChiusa, Greenberg, Kori, Kushner, Lucas and More at Work on Musical Projects

News   Wainwright, LaChiusa, Greenberg, Kori, Kushner, Lucas and More at Work on Musical Projects A host of composers, lyricists and librettists are currently at work on new projects, according to the season announcement for The Metropolitan Opera.
Tony Kushner
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Those creating musicals as part of The Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater Opera/Theater Commissions Program follow:

  • Rufus Wainwright, whose original opera is titled Prima Donna. A January 2009 workshop is expected.
  • Michael John LaChiusa.
  • Composer Jake Heggie is collaborating on a project with playwright Richard Greenberg.
  • A new musical created by Michael Torke (composer), Michael Korie (librettist) and Des McAnuff (writer/director), is currently in the works.
  • Korie is also involved in another project with composer-lyricist Ricky Ian Gordon.
  • Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner, who collaborated on the acclaimed musical Caroline, or Change, are at work on an original story.
  • Composer Nico Muhly will join librettist Craig Lucas on a musical project.
  • Scott Wheeler, a composer, will help playwright Romulus Linney musicalize one of Linney's plays. Among those still exploring ideas are Rachel Portman and playwright Nicholas Wright and composers Adam Guettel and Wynton Marsalis. Composer Bill Whelan has yet to confirm the librettist for his project.

    For more information visit www.metoperafamily.org.