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Daron Hagen
Daron Hagen, a full-time composer of opera and concert music, has been a New Yorker since 1984. All eight of his major operas are currently in production or revival somewhere in the U.S., Europe, or Asia. Mr. Hagen has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Leonard Bernstein, JoAnn Falletta, Gary Graffman, Nathan Gunn, Jaime Laredo, David Alan Miller, Gerard Schwarz, Leonard Slatkin, and Robert Spano, among others. His work has been widely commissioned and performed by most of North America's major musical institutions, and numerous institutions abroad, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Seattle Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Curtis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Swan (UK), Seattle Opera, Opera Theater of Ireland, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing), and the Royal Albert Hall.

His music (he has served frequently as conductor and collaborative pianist for recordings of his works) can be heard on the Albany, Arsis, Bridge, Clarion, Klavier, Naxos, and New World/CRI labels, among others.

Among other honors, he has received the Guggenheim Fellowship, Kennedy Center Friedheim Prize, two Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowships, and the Seattle Opera Chairman's Award. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Curtis Institute of Music and of the Juilliard School, he has taught at Bard College, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Princeton Atelier, and fulfilled numerous composer-in-residencies around the U.S. He is a Lifetime Member of the Corporation of Yaddo, former president of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and a Trustee of the Douglas Moore Fund for American Opera.

A complete list of his over 200 art songs, song cycles, and choral works, eight operas, four symphonies, twelve concerti, and over forty chamber works may be found, along with information about upcoming performances and premieres, at his website:

Entries by Daron Hagen

The Milwaukee Symphony and Me

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 11:59 PM

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, according to its recent press release, is "in danger of running out of money and faces possible extinction if additional pledges cannot be secured to fund the MSO's much more modest, prudent budget and business plan for the future." In fact, nearing the end of 2013,...

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Proust's Popcorn: The Oriental Landmark Theater

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 6:54 PM

2013-12-06-oriental_interior.jpgLast week I was in Milwaukee to attend production meetings at the Skylight Music Theater for my latest show. It was my first visit to my hometown in nearly a decade. A late night stroll down memory lane took me...

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Yaddo: Transforming Sorrow into Joy

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 2:35 PM

Yaddo, in Saratoga Springs, New York, is more than America's most prestigious artist retreat: it is a testament to one couple's determination to transubstantiate loss into works of art.

When I was born, still mourning a brother who survived but a few days, my parents gave me...

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Obsessed: Marc Blitzstein

(6) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 11:00 AM

Inspired by one professor's infectious enthusiasm for Emily Dickinson, Obsessed is a HuffPost Culture series exploring the idiosyncratic, all-consuming passions of public figures and unknowns alike. Through a mix of blogs and interviews, these pieces will highlight the elusiveness of whatever it is you just can't live without...

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Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 2:41 PM

"Where," asked the elegantly dressed matron of about 80 yesterday in Virginia, "do you get your ideas?" At my side, soprano Caroline Worra and pianist Tracy Cowden, the artists whose performance had just brought my brand new song cycle so vividly to life, smiled. Post-concert reception in full swing, together...

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Opening Night

(4) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 6:12 PM

Whether they were trained at the Curtis Institute or the School of Hard Knocks, on a Broadway Accompanists' Bench, or by Peering into a Moviola, every composer thinks that they can write a great opera. Some have. Most haven't.

At 50, after having composed eight operas (and hours of symphonic...

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