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Deborah Drattell

Brooklyn-born woman composer

Born 1956, Brooklyn, New York
About Deborah Drattell

A composer and conducor, Drattell has developed a continuing relationship with Glimmerglass Opera and with New York City Opera, where she was composer in residence from 1998 to 2001.

The role of Rasputin in Drattell's Nicholas and Alexandra was rewritten as a tenor for Placido Domingo and premiered at Domingo's Los Angeles Opera.

  • Lilith
    Libretto by David Cohen.
    November 11, 2001, New York City Opera (stage premiere); 1998, Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown, New York (concert performance)
  • The Festival of Regrets, opera in one act
    Libretto by Wendy Wasserstein.
    1999, Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown, New York
  • Marina Tsvetaeva: A Captive Spirit, chamber opera
    Libretto by Annie Finch after the life of Marina Tsvetaeva.
    2000, Da Capo Opera Company, New York, New York
  • Nicholas and Alexandra, chamber opera
    Libretto by Nicholas Von Hoffman.
    2003, Los Angeles Opera, Plácido Domingo as Rasputin, Nancy Gustafson as Alexandra, Rod Gilfry as Nicholas
  • Best Friends
    Libretto by Wendy Wasserstein after the play The Women by Clare Luce Booth.

Discography Search for recordings of the music of Deborah Drattell at Amazon.com

Lilith (orchestral suite, composed before the opera)


Deborah Drattell

Sorrow Is Not Melancholy: The Very Intense Music of Deborah Drattell

Schwartz/Seattle Symphony Orchestra

CD / Delos (1995)

Last update: January 1, 2009