"Griffin is one of the
young musicians currently
giving me hope for the
future of our art."
— Ann Moss, soprano
Griffin Candey is an American opera and concert music composer whose work performers praise for its "prosody that showcases both the words and the singers," its "intuitive rhythm," and its "lyricism and emotional depth."
Recently named Composer-in-Residence at Cleveland Opera Theatre, Candey's energies are squarely aimed at the operatic stage and its changing place in the world of theater. His first opera, Sweets by Kate — described as "hilarious and moving," "a piece with charming and elaborate complexity," and "a meaningful and beautiful work of art" — was chosen for the 2017 line-up of Fort Worth Opera's Frontiers Festival and was listed by Operawire as One of the Ten Must-See Operas of the 2017 Summer Season. The chamber work, premiered in July 2015, continues to see productions at companies and universities across the country, including at Boston University's 2017 Fringe Fest, at Marble City Opera (May 2016) and with NYC's OperaRox Productions at the historic Stonewall Inn (July 2017.) His latest commission, an Spanish-English adaptation of Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, will premiere with Cleveland Opera Theater in January 2020. Outside of opera, Candey's songs and chamber music have been performed and premiered at Tanglewood, Source Song Festival, the Oh My Ears Festival, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Up North Music Festival, and more.
The next four years hold several premieres: The House of Bernarda Alba with Cleveland Opera Theater (January 2020, on a libretto by Caridad Svich) — his newest song cycle (House Songs) with Ann Moss and Cheryl Cellon-Lindquist during their residency with the NOW Festival — a co-commissioned chamber cello concerto for Detroit's New Music Detroit, Sacramento's Citywater, and Chicago's CHAI Collaborative Ensemble — a new chamber work (Mise-En-Abyme, for saxophone and two pianos) commissioned for his second year in residency at the Up North New Music Festival with saxophonist Patrick Booth — and more.
Candey is also one-third of the American Futures line-up, a team of three musicians (Candey, alongside soprano Ann Moss and pianist Cheryl Cellon-Lindquist) who, via residencies at universities, work with teams of student vocalists and student composers to give both the tools and vocabulary to collaborate on new, idiomatic vocal music. The American Futures team will present about their mission at the 2020 National Opera Association Conference (in Cleveland!)
Full resume and CV can be found here.