Composer Elliot Goldenthal creates works for orchestra, theatre, opera, ballet and film. He most recently scored Julie Taymor’s film version of The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Djimon Hounsou and Alfred Molina, released by Touchstone Pictures on December10th, 2010. A soundtrack album of his original music for THE TEMPEST will be the maiden release on Goldenthal’s Zarathustra Music label. Previously, Goldenthal composed the original score for Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard
In 2003, Goldenthal was honored with the Academy Award® and a Golden Globe for Best Original Score for Frida, which starred Salma Hayek as the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. A double Oscar® nominee that year, Goldenthal also received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Song (“Burn it Blue” performed by Caetano Veloso). The score was released on the Decca/UMG Label and was on Billboard’s World Music Chart and Latin charts for over 40 weeks. His other recent film work includes Across The Universe, which earned him his third Grammy nomination.
In 2006, Goldenthal’s original 2-act opera Grendel, directed by Julie Taymor, premiered at the Los Angeles Opera, becoming one of the most successful productions in their history. It had its east coast debut as the centerpiece of the Lincoln Center Festival in New York, and was added to the Los Angeles Opera’s permanent repertoire. Goldenthal was named one of the two finalists for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in music for his work on Grendel.
Goldenthal's large-scale symphonic piece, Fire Water Paper, a commemorative tribute created for the 20th anniversary of the Vietnam War, commissioned by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, was released in April of 1996 on Sony Classical Records featuring soloist Yo Yo Ma. It debuted at the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and was later performed in critically acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall and at The Kennedy Center, with Seiji Ozawa conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In 1995 Goldenthal was commissioned by the American Ballet Theater to create a new 3-act ballet of Othello, which debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in May of 1997.Othello was co-produced by the ABT in partnership with the San Francisco Ballet and was choreographed by the world-renowned Lar Lubovitch. In June of 2003, PBS’s prestigious arts series Great Performances broadcast a two-hour special of Othello filmed with the San Francisco Ballet and Goldenthal’s original score was nominated for an Emmy. To date, Othello has been performed at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Kennedy Center, the Norske Opera in Oslo, and the Palais Garnier in Paris. In October 2009, The Joffrey performed the Chicago premiere of Othello, and it toured in Los Angeles and Washington D.C.
He has composed music for more than a dozen theatrical productions including Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass, directed by Taymor and first produced in 1988. Juan Darién opened the season at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center in 1996, winning rave reviews, as well as four Drama Desk and five Tony nominations, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.
Among his many film scores are Heat, Titus, Batman Forever, A Time to Kill, Drugstore Cowboy, Alien 3 and the Neil Jordan films Interview With The Vampire and Michael Collins, receiving Oscar nominations for both. Additionally, He has been nominated for two Golden Globes, three Grammys, two Tony Awards, and three Chicago Film Critics Awards. He received the L.A. Film Critics Award for Best Original Score for his work on The Butcher Boy in 1998.