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Rene Orth is a composer that "breaks new ground" (Opera News), writing music described as “...always dramatic, reflective, rarely predictable, and often electronic” (Musical America). Her music focuses on dramatic and lyrical storytelling, and she takes a keen interest in blending electronic soundscapes and beats with acoustic music. She recently completed her three-year tenure as Composer-in-Residence for Opera Philadelphia and will be in the inaugural Resident Composer at Opera San Jose for the 2022-2023 season.
Recent and upcoming commissions include works for Opera Philadelphia, Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, Del Sol Quartet, and Bass-baritone Zachary James. Her work has been performed by a variety of opera companies and orchestras, including Berkeley Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Summerville Orchestra, New World Symphony, Julliard Youth Symphony, Festival d’Aix en Provence, Fort Worth Opera, and Washington National Opera, and Curtis Opera Theater. She has collaborated with notable artists and ensembles such as the Del Sol, Dover and Aizuri Quartets, Fifth House Ensemble, Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, Mezzo-Sopranos Daniela Mack Shrader and Blythe Gaissert, Seraph Brass, Rock School of Dance, and Pennsylvania Ballet.
Recent distinctions include an OPERA America Commissioning Grant and Discovery Grant for Female Composers, American Composers Forum Subito Grant, and Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant. She has been in residence at Festival d’Aix en Provence, Yaddo, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Orchard Project Greenhouse, Avaloch Farm Institute, Tapestry Opera, Lake Champlain Music Festival, and Luzerne Music Center.
Rene is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she held the Edward B. Garrigues Fellowship. She received her M.M. in Music Composition at the University of Louisville as a Moritz von Bomhard Fellow and holds additional degrees from MediaTech Institute and Rhodes College.
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