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Misha Penton

Houston, TX            

Misha Penton is a soprano, performance creator, experimental vocal composer, director, and media artist. Recent projects include Threshold, a site-specific experimental new opera created for the cavernous Silos at Sawyer Yards in Houston; Anecdote of the Spirit, a contemplative music work for the Rothko Chapel; and The Medusa Project with its premiere performance at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford and a film version created for Bath Spa University’s 35’ high MediaWall in the UK. Misha has conceptualized, produced, and directed 16 original evening-length performance works and more than six music video projects including Selkie (2013, composer Elliot Cole), ravens & radishes (2014, composer George Heathco), The Captured Goddess (2015, composer Dominick DiOrio), This is our universe (2016, M. Penton, HJ Tsai, T. Helton, composers), Digital Medusa (2017, composer Misha Penton) and Threshold (2018, M. Penton, G. Heathco, L. Hubley, composers). Professional affiliations include Houston Grand Opera, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Menil Collection Houston, Dallas Museum of Art, The Foundation for Modern Music, The University of Houston Center for Creative Work, Jewish Community Center Houston, Liminal Space Contemporary Music Ensemble, and DiverseWorks Arts Space Houston. Upcoming projects include Visible Darkness, a multi-version a new media monodrama celebrating the magnificent monstrous feminine; Cassandra, a film and performance project based on the Greek anti-heroine, with dancer and choreographer Meg Brooker; and Misha’s directorial debut with Houston Grand Opera directing a new web opera in HGO’s series Star Cross’d. Visit Misha’s work at mishapenton.com


A new music video from Misha Penton. Misha Penton: Director, Editor, Sound Editing & Mix, Sound Score, Concept & Text. Misha Penton: Soprano & Voices; with original contributions by: Sherry Cheng, Neil Ellis Orts, Michael Walsh: Voices. George Heathco: Guitars. Luke Hubley: Percussion.

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This is Our Universe

Misha Penton, soprano, concept, text, and Virginia Woolf text adaptation. Thomas Helton, double bass. Hsin-Jung Tsai, piano. Music created by Penton / Helton / HJ Tsai. Directed & Produced by Misha Penton.

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles May 23 2018 | By Misha Penton
But What I Really Want To Do Is Direct!

Pop artists create video content designed to go viral and to sell albums, but musicians with far smaller budgets than mega-stars are now making videos as well. Looking for ways...