CLINT BORZONI’s music reflects his passion for lyricism and functional harmony. He has written over sixty pieces, including two full length operas, two one act operas, a piano concerto, percussion quartet, piece for orchestra, two string quartets, several works for chamber orchestra, and over forty art songs. He also wrote the music for the musical, My Life as a Bald Soprano which premiered in the June Havoc Theater during the 2008 Midtown International Theater Festival. Among Borzoni’s honors are the Morton Feldman Award, a Boston Metro Opera Festival Award, the Maurice Liberman music scholarship, operamission’s new cabaret song competition winner, and world premieres by the New York Youth Symphony and the Mannes School of Music’s Percussion Ensemble. He received a B.A. and M.A. in Music Composition from CUNY where he studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici.
In 2008, Clint wrote an opera scene based on the relationship between the Roman emperor Hadrian and his lover Antinous for the American Opera Projects’ Composers and the Voice Series. Borzoni and librettist Edward Ficklin completed the two act opera titled Antinous and Hadrian, which operamission has commissioned and developed. In the summer of 2013, an orchestra reading of Antinous and Hadrian was produced by operamission in collaboration with the Queer Urban Orchestra in Chelsea, NYC.
In 2009 Clint and librettist Emily Conbere completed the one act opera Margot Alone in the Light, which is an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s story All Summer in a Day. The opera was originally conceived during Borzoni and Conbere’s participation as Resident Artists in the American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program. The opera was premiered by operamission at the Gershwin Hotel, and subsequently produced by Opera on Tap as a part of Opera Grows in Brooklyn at Galapagos Art Space.
In 2010, Clint was commissioned to write a song cycle for bass-baritone Tim Hill and several songs for baritone Randal Turner. Turner’s songs appear on his CD, Living American Composers and were performed at the 9/11 tribute at the U.S. embassy in Switzerland. In 2011 another song cycle was commissioned, and premiered at Indiana University by countertenor, Daniel Bubeck. The Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center also commissioned Borzoni to write for baritone Zachary Gordin in honor of the LGBT service members for the event Courage to Stand. In 2012, Borzoni was an associate producer for Patricia Racette’s CD, Diva on Detour.
For the 2013 season, Clint was the featured composer in the Expositions :: SLC concert series, which included a full evening of his vocal music and the world premiere of a song cycle commissioned by tenor, Mitchell Sturges. In 2013, Borzoni was commissioned to write a five song cycle for Baritone, Seth Kershisnick which was premiered at Arizona State University in the spring of 2014. Clint has recently finished his fourth opera, with librettist and director, John De Los Santos, called, When Adonis Calls, based on the poetry of Gavin Dillard. The opera will be presented in Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers 2015 Showcase. Clint was also the first composer to be commissioned by the LGBAC Symphonic Band in its 35 year history. He is currently working on his fifth opera, The Copper Queen, with de los Santos for Arizona Opera’s program, Arizona Spark. Mr. Borzoni lives and works as a composer and teacher in New York City.
That Shadow, My Likeness
Randal Turner – Baritone,
Allen Perriello – Piano,
Living American Composers: Glen Roven, Julia Schwartz, Ricky Ian Gordon, Jake Heggie & Clint Borzoni
December 6, 2010 in San Francisco (Swedenborgian Church)
Recording engineer: David Taylor
Producer: Michael Colbruno
Antinous and Hadrian
Clint Borzoni and Edward Ficklin have written a full-length opera about the second century Roman emperor Hadrian and his love for the Greek youth Antinous. The work was commissioned and developed by operamission and Jennifer Peterson.
The excerpt is from Act II, where Vera (High Priestess of Isis) has a vision that she must travel to Egypt to make sure Antinous kills himself in the “Nile’s embrace”.
Vera- Elisabeth Turchi
with operamission and the Queer Urban Orchestra