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Daron Aric Hagen

Gifted melodist

Born 1961, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
About Daron Hagen

With the success of his first opera, Shining Brow, Daron Hagen established himself as a composer of operas as well as the symponic music of which he built his early reputation. He is currently preparing a new piece as a commission for the Seattle Opera.

  • Shining Brow, opera in two acts with prologue
    Libretto by Paul Muldoon.
    April 4, 1992, Madison Opera, Madison, Wisconsin
  • The Elephant's Child, children's opera
    Libretto by the composer after Kipling.
  • Songs of Madness and Sorrow, monodrama
    Libretto by the composer after various sources.
    January 31, 1997, Tacoma, Washington, Paul Sperry
  • Bandanna, opera in two acts with prologue
    Libretto by Paul Muldoon.
    February 25, 1999, University of Texas Opera Theater, Austin, Texas
  • Vera of Las Vegas, nightmare cabaret in one act (June 26, 2003, Center for Contemporary Opera, Symphony Space, New York, New York (stage premiere); March 8, 1996, University of Nevada Las Vegas Opera Theater, Las Vegas, Nevada (concert premiere))
  • Broken Pieces, love story in one scene
    Libretto by Barbara Grecki.
    March 8, 2005, USC Chamber Opera, Los Angeles, California
  • The Antient Concert, dramatic recital in one act
    Libretto by Paul Muldoon.
    November 6, 2007, New York, New York (stage premiere); June 16, 2007, New York, New York (broadcast premiere)
  • Amelia, opera in two acts and six scenes
    Libretto by Gardner McFall after an original story by Stephen Wadsworth.
    2010, Seattle, Washington (planned)
    [in preparation]

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Daron Hagen

Vera of Las Vegas

CD / CRI (2003)

Wedding Dance from Bandanna


North Texas Wind Symphony


CD / Klavier 11099 (2000)

Daron Hagen


UNLV Opera Theater

CD / Albany (2006)

Daron Hagen

Shining Brow

2 CD / Naxos American (2009)

Wedding Dance from Bandanna


Paul Kreider

Love in a Life

CD / Arsis 119 (2000)

Daron Hagen

Last update: May 3, 2010