Laura Kaminsky, New York-based composer of contemporary chamber, vocal, and orchestral music, with social-political topics like environment and war

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Opera America Magazine’s “My First Opera” Column Features Kaminsky and Treemonisha

Opera America Magazine's "My First Opera" Column Features Kaminsky and Treemonisha

“I’ve always found the making of art to be fascinating. When I was a kid, growing up in Manhattan, my younger sisters and I would incorporate what we were learning at out various lessons — piano, […]

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Kaminsky Named to Washington Post’s, Anne Midgette’s List of Top 35 Female Composers

Kaminsky Named to Washington Post's, Anne Midgette's List of Top 35 Female Composers

By Anne Midgette | August 4, 2017 “Kaminsky has an extensive background in teaching and administration in addition to a long catalogue of chamber and orchestral works. The success of her first chamber opera, “As One” (2014), […]

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Opera Parallèle Receives Major Grant from Opera America to Support Commissioning of Kaminsky for “Today It Rains”

Opera Parallèle Receives Major Grant from Opera America to Support Commissioning of Kaminsky for "Today It Rains"

Opera Parallèle is delighted to announce OPERA America’s Grants for Female Composers has awarded $21,000 to Opera Parallèle to support the commission of composer Laura Kaminsky to create and premiere “Today It Rains”, in collaboration […]

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Santa Fe Opera and San Francisco Opera Leads Consortium to Commission New Opera by Kaminsky, Reed

Santa Fe Opera and San Francisco Opera Leads Consortium to Commission New Opera by Kaminsky, Reed

A new initiative bringing stories with purpose to all audiences Santa Fe Opera announces the launch of Opera for All Voices: Stories of our Time, a new initiative committed to telling wide-ranging stories that resonate with […]

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Houston Grand Opera shines “Light” on Rothko Chapel

Houston Grand Opera shines "Light" on Rothko Chapel

A review from the Houston Chronicle, following the premiere of the new Kaminsky-Campbell-Reed opera, writes: “Some Light Emerges, the new opera commissioned by Houston Grand Opera through its community collaborative initiative, dives right into Rothko […]

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Denver Post: Kaminsky’s “As One” Chamber Opera “hottest title in opera right now”

Denver Post: Kaminsky's “As One” Chamber Opera "hottest title in opera right now"

By Ray Mark Rinaldi in the Denver Post, February 25, 2017 “As One” is the hottest title in opera right now, at least among the titles written in the last 100 years. The musical tale of a transgender […]

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Houston Grand Opera Presents World Premiere of Kaminsky’s “Some Light Emerges”

Houston Grand Opera Presents World Premiere of Kaminsky's "Some Light Emerges"

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present the world premiere of “Some Light Emerges,” a chamber opera created by the acclaimed team of composer Laura Kaminsky and librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, on March 16 […]

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As One Chamber Opera Comes Next to Pittsburgh Opera in Sweep Around U.S.

<em>As One</em> Chamber Opera Comes Next to Pittsburgh Opera in Sweep Around U.S.

Pittsburgh Opera continues its 78th season with the Pennsylvania premiere of As One, a chamber opera for two voices and string quartet, by composer Laura Kaminsky and colibrettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, at Pittsburgh […]

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Kaminsky Returns to Seattle for Production As One at Seattle Opera

Kaminsky Returns to Seattle for Production <em>As One</em> at Seattle Opera

A Transgender Story. A New Opera Experience. Performed at Washington Hall in Seattle’s Central District Nov. 11, 13, 17, 18, & 19, 2016 Evenings at 7:30 pm. Sunday matinee at 4:00 pm. All performances of […]

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Kaminsky’s “Rising Tide” Featured on Fry Street Quartet’s new CD

Kaminsky’s "Rising Tide" Featured on Fry Street Quartet’s new CD

Today, The Fry Street Quartet releases The Crossroads Project on Navona Records: a captivating recording blending art and science to address global sustainability, featuring new works by Pulitzer Prize nominee Laura Kaminsky and Grammy Award winner […]

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Kaminsky commissioned by Five Boroughs Music Festival for Five Borough Songbook, Vol II

Kaminsky commissioned by Five Boroughs Music Festival for <em>Five Borough Songbook, Vol II</em>

Since its earliest days, 5BMF’s artistic programming has maintained a particular focus on the emergence of new music in New York City, regardless of genre. This dedication, coupled with our mission to celebrate the city […]

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“As One” in European debut with International Opera Projects in Berlin, July 7th and 9th

"As One" in European debut with International Opera Projects in Berlin, July 7th and 9th

International Opera Projects in association with American Opera Projects and by arrangement with Bill Holab Music present “As One.” A chamber opera for two voices and string quartet Music and Concept: Laura Kaminsky Libretto: Mark Campbell and Kimberly […]

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New Music for Flute on Bridge Records

New Music for Flute on Bridge Records

“The Way Things Go” Tara Helen O’Connor, flute, and Margaret Kampmeier, piano, play new pieces by Laura Kaminsky, Randall Woolf, Steven Mackey, John Halle, Eric Moe, Belinda Reynolds, Richard Festinger. Buy CD

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Anne Midgette includes “As One” among 2015’s most memorable performances in The Washington Post’s year-end review

Anne Midgette includes "As One" among 2015's most memorable performances in The Washington Post's year-end review

December 24, 2015 by Anne Midgette, The Washington Post “It’s all about the music: The year’s memorable performances include, in no particular order, Herbert Blomstedt’s radiant Beethoven “Eroica”with the National Symphony Orchestra; John Eliot Gardiner’s […]

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Opera Parallèle Co-Commissions “Today It Rains”

Opera Parallèle Co-Commissions "Today It Rains"

San Francisco, CA, December 18, 2015 – San Francisco’s Opera Parallèle (OP) has announced its first main stage opera commission, the creation of a new opera by American composer Laura Kaminsky inspired by the life […]

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Kaminsky completes two new commissions: Dreaming Absinthe and undercurrent for upcoming premieres

Kaminsky completes two new commissions: <em>Dreaming Absinthe</em>  and <em>undercurrent</em> for upcoming premieres

Dreaming Absinthe, commissioned by Cygnus Ensemble with support from the Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music for a premiere at the Morgan Library & Museum on December 8, 2015 in conjunction with the exhibition “Ernest Hemingway: […]

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Urban Arias brings As One to Washington DC – Oct. 3, 4, 9, 10

Urban Arias brings <em>As One</em>  to Washington DC - Oct. 3, 4, 9, 10

“Hannah. Like every other boy. Unlike every other boy. Aligned, at peace, with her own body.” Scheduled performances Saturday, October 3 at 8 p.m. Sunday, October 4 at 2 p.m. Friday, October 9 at 8 […]

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West Edge Opera Presents West Coast Premiere of As One July 26, 31, Aug. 8

West Edge Opera Presents West Coast Premiere of <em>As One</em> July 26, 31, Aug. 8

As One – A Chamber Opera for Two Voices Music and Concept by Laura Kaminsky, Libretto by Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed By arrangement with Bill Holab Music Sunday July 26 – 2 pm Friday  July 31 – 8 pm Saturday […]

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“As One” Librettist Kimberly Reed Featured in Video for The New York Times

"As One" Librettist Kimberly Reed Featured in Video for <em>The New York Times</em>

As One co-librettist and transgender filmmaker Kimberly Reed has created a video for The New York Times showing a day in her life – specifically April 7, when the American Opera Projects-commissioned opera opened at Utah State University. In the video, Reed […]

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“As One” Goes to Utah for its Second Production

"As One" Goes to Utah for its Second Production

“Two voices, one human experience” by Catherine Reese Newton The Salt Lake Tribune | Apr 03 2015 “Whether you’re someone concerned with social issues who hasn’t had much exposure to opera, or an opera buff […]

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Kaminsky to be Guest Artist in Beirut at Two Leading Universities, LAU and AUB

Kaminsky to be Guest Artist in Beirut at Two Leading Universities, LAU and AUB

Laura Kaminsky will be a guest artist at LAU (Lebanese American University) and AUB (American University of Beirut). She will speak on Music with a Message: Narratives of Gender, AIDS, Climate Change, and War and Peace and Listening to the […]

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“The Crossroads Project” Featured on NPR’s All Things Considered

"The Crossroads Project" Featured on NPR's <em>All Things Considered</em>

“Climate Scientist Tries Arts To Stir Hearts Regarding Earth’s Fate” All Things Considered | Feb. 17, 2015 | Joe Palca | February 16, 2015 4:00 PM ET Physicist Robert Davies worked with a classical quartet and […]

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Slate.com Reviews “Trans” Character Hannah from “As One” Opera

Slate.com Reviews "Trans" Character Hannah from "As One" Opera

Excerpted from The Uses of Trans in Art by J. Bryan Lowder, a Slate assistant editor. Read the full article The Uses of Trans in Art The chamber opera As One, composed by Laura Kaminsky […]

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Seal Bay Festival names Laura Kaminsky as Artistic Administrator

Seal Bay Festival names Laura Kaminsky as Artistic Administrator

The thirteenth Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music, with resident ensemble, the Cassatt Quartet, has named composer Laura Kaminsky as artistic administrator. She  will moderate conversations with guest composers John Corigliano and Joan Tower after each concert, […]

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“As One” Premieres at BAM in a Sold-Out Run to Great Acclaim

"As One" Premieres at BAM in a Sold-Out Run to Great Acclaim

American Opera Projects congratulates composer Laura Kaminsky and librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed on the resounding success of As One. A rich addition to the repertoire … formidable on all fronts … As One is everything that we […]

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