FAMILY SECRETS: KITH AND KIN
Daniel Thomas Davis
North-Carolina-born composer DANIEL THOMAS DAVIS creates instrumental, vocal and dramatic music that often reflects his fascination with the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the human voice – as well as his lifelong interest in American traditional musics. Featured in venues such as the Royal Opera House and Carnegie Hall, his music has been performed and/or recorded by Lynn Harrell, the Detroit Symphony, London Sinfonietta, Yarn|Wire, Lontano, Charlotte Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, BBC Singers, Ossian Ensemble, Ensemble X, 21st-Century Consort, Locrian Players, eighth blackbird, members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and instrumentalists from many of the world’s top orchestras (Chicago, Berlin, Philadelphia, London, BBC Symphony and Los Angeles). In addition to the premiere stage performances of Family Secrets: Kith and Kin here with North Carolina Opera, other highlights for the 2017-2018 season include the premiere of another opera – Six.Twenty.Outrageous – with American Opera Projects and Symphony Space in NYC, the premiere of Three Dissenters with Modern Medieval, and the development of a third new opera (about Eleanor Roosevelt) with Rhymes with Opera. Later this year also sees the launch of a new album of his music for voice and ensemble, Near Unison, recorded by Odaline de la Martinez and London’s Lontano. A frequent collaborator with filmmakers and choreographers, he has received fellowships and residencies from the British Government (Marshall Scholar), Bogliasco Foundation, Mellon Foundation and Yaddo, and has been honored by awards from BMI and ASCAP. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, University of Michigan, Peabody and Johns Hopkins, Davis serves as a professor and composition-program director at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and is also an active pianist and conductor.
Andrea Edith Moore
Soprano ANDREA EDITH MOORE brings a “certain opalescence that is particularly served by her impressive phrasing and inherent musicality” (operagasm.com) to myriad leading roles ranging from Mozart’s Countess to the harrowing and haunted Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw under the batons of the likes of Maestros Vladimir Ashkenazy, Keitaro Harada, Andrea Mitisek, Timothy Myers and David Zinman. Her performances have spanned the globe from Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires to Munich and Hamburg and back home to her native North Carolina where she is a regular principle artist with the North Carolina Opera and “wows audiences with her powerful and flexible soprano voice, her acting ability, and her dedication and drive.”(CVNC)
In June Moore will take part as a fellow in the Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab with the Grammy award-winning ensemble. Earlier this season she made debuts with the NC HIP Festival, Texas Performing Arts, and in the role of Sara in the groundbreaking new opera Cold Mountain by Jennifer Higdon with NCO. Ms. Moore also starred in the new chamber opera Family Secrets: Kith and Kin composed by Daniel Thomas Davis, a work she commissioned and produced.
Ms. Moore is a prize-winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and holds degrees from Yale University, the Peabody Conservatory of Music at The Johns Hopkins University and University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
FRANCESCA TALENTI, director and designer, has exhibited her work from The Folger and The Guthrie to Sundance and PBS National, by way of Mumbai, Göteborg, Casablanca and many others. She has won audience and “best of” awards, and has received grants from the Independent Television Service, Latino Public Broadcasting, and the Kauffman Foundation. Favorable reviews have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Francesca is a professor emerita at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she taught media production. She holds a B.A. cum laude from Brown University, and an M.F.A. in film production from the University of Southern California.