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”The composer Mark Grey is a master...what he is up to has far-reaching implications for the direction that classical music will take this century.”
Los Angeles Times
“A triumph...an achievement that has all the markings of a Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk — a composite work of art that might well prove a major monument of early 21st-century music.“
Opera Today
“Grey’s command of the orchestra is often striking, with ingenious combinations of instrumental color and a dramatic sense of scale that shows off those resources expertly.”
San Francisco Chronicle
”Mark Grey's score is perfectly crafted, impeccably paced, beautifully scored.”
The Arizona Republic

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Preview: FRANKENSTEIN @ La Monnaie, March 8-20, 2019
Unlike what was later made of it by Hollywood, Mary Shelley’s original novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus tells the profoundly sad tale of a creature – the result of a scientific experiment – that strives to do good, but nevertheless does evil and is consequently rejected by its maker. Two centuries after its publication, the US composer and sound designer Mark Grey returns to the original story for his first full-length opera. Grey reworks it as a philosophical reflection on the human condition in our time and on the technology that gives humankind power over life and death on Earth, as well as a warning to a society that threatens to cast out the individual. Video and audio technology will play a crucial part in this 21st-century interpretation by La Fura dels Baus, commissioned by La Monnaie, which will present its first performance.

Review: Berkeley Symphony previews a ‘Frankenstein’ opera
San Francisco Chronicle, May 6, 2016
“Like a movie trailer, Grey’s 35-minute orchestral work is assembled out of some of the choice scenes from the full offering, arranged not in narrative order but so as to make things feel all the more alluring. Listening to these selections — which are robust enough to stand on their own, yet still teasingly partial in their dramatic effect — made a cogent argument for the virtues of the opera…Grey’s command of the orchestra is often striking, with ingenious combinations of instrumental color and a dramatic sense of scale that shows off those resources expertly.”

San Francisco Chronicle picks FRANKENSTEIN SYMPHONY in top five classical music choices for 2016: Classical Music Gems for 2016

Compositions

BIRDS IN THE MOON
for mezzo-soprano, male voice, string quartet and soundscapes
Premiere: CalPerformances, Berkeley CA
Spring 2020
BIRDS IN THE MOON is a traveling chamber opera staged in a mobile state of the art, self-contained, derelict shipping container – a theatrical magic box.

FRANKENSTEIN OPERA
Premiere: Le Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie
de Munt, Brussels, Belgium
March 8-20, 2019
Co-commissioners to be announced
Music by Mark Grey
Stage Direction by Alex Ollé Gol (La Fura dels Baus)
Set Design by Alfons Flores
Costume Design by Lluc Castells
Conducted by Bassem Akiki
details & tickets

FANTASMAGORIANA
chamber symphony
commissioned by Jacaranda Music and the Los Angeles Philharmonic
World Premiere on November 18, 2017
Part of the Noon to Midnight Festival

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Composition & Sound Design Reviews

The Naxos recording of Grey’s Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio is of the world premiere performance featuring the Phoenix Symphony conducted by Michael Christie, the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and baritone Scott Hendricks.
Read liner notes | Read libretto | Order on Amazon

Selected as a “Best Classical Release” of Q1 2009, Allmusic.com
A Naxos Direct Best Selling Album

“Mark Grey’s score is perfectly crafted, impeccably paced, beautifully scored.”
~The Arizona Republic

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Sound Design Projects

Current

West Side Story

West Side Story

May 2019 - Chicago Lyric
El Niño

El Niño

December 15, 2018 - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
The Head and the Load

The Head and the Load

December 4-15, 2018 - Park Avenue Armory
The Gospel According to the Other Mary

The Gospel According to the Other Mary

November 2-4, 2018 - Roma Europa Festival
The Six Brandenburg Concertos

The Six Brandenburg Concertos

October 1-7, 2018 - Park Avenue Armory
Doctor Atomic

Doctor Atomic

July 14-August 16, 2018 - Santa Fe Opera
The Damned

The Damned

July 17-28, 2018 - Park Avenue Armory
Bernstein Mass

Bernstein Mass

July 17-18, 2018 - Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival

Select Past

Yerma

Yerma

March 23-April 21, 2018 - Park Avenue Armory
Trip to the Moon by Andrew Norman

Trip to the Moon by Andrew Norman

March 2, 2018 - Los Angeles Philharmonic
Bernstein Mass

Bernstein Mass

February 2, 2018 - Los Angeles Philharmonic
Girls of the Golden West

Girls of the Golden West

November 21-December 10, 2017 - San Francisco Opera
Répons

Répons

October 6 & 7, 2017 - Park Avenue Armory
Blank Out

Blank Out

September 2017 - Park Avenue Armory
Angels in America

Angels in America

June 10-16, 2017 - New York City Opera
Doctor Atomic

Doctor Atomic

April 25, 2017 - Barbican, London
My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

April 28-May 21, 2017 - Lyric Opera of Chicago
The King & I

The King & I

April 29-May 22, 2016 - Lyric Opera of Chicago
The Gospel According to the Other Mary

The Gospel According to the Other Mary

November 2014 - English National Opera
The Death of Klinghoffer

The Death of Klinghoffer

October-November 2014 - Metropolitan Opera
St. Matthew Passion

St. Matthew Passion

October 2014 - Berliner Philharmoniker at the Park Avenue Armory
Oklahoma

Oklahoma

May 2013 - Lyric Opera of Chicago
Nixon in China

Nixon in China

September 5, 2012 - BBC Proms
Show Boat

Show Boat

February 12-March 17, 2012 - Lyric Opera of Chicago
Nixon in China

Nixon in China

February 2011 - Metropolitan Opera