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Rave Reviews for Two Important Ricky Ian Gordon Débuts

The début memoir from "noted composer and doyen of modern opera" Ricky Ian Gordon chronicles not only his years as the wunderkind of modern vocal music, but also his years on the front lines of addiction and the AIDS crisis, which claimed the lives of his lover and many of his friends. Kirkus Reviews calls Seeing Through: A Chronicle of Sex, Drugs, and Opera, "A superb memoir that reveals the pleasures—but far more, the pains—of the creative life."

"Regarding AIDS, Gordon’s frontline memoir is as valuable as Larry Kramer’s."

- Kirkus Reviews

You can now preorder Ricky Ian Gordon's new memoir, set for release on July 23.


Soprano Erin Morley debuted Gordon's new song cycle Huit Chansons de Fleurs.

Ricky's new song cycle Huit Chansons de Fleurs recently had its world premiere performance at the Kennedy Center, sung by acclaimed soprano Erin Morley, who features the cycle on her new recording Rose in Bloom.

Parterre said of the new work:

"The evening opened with the first complete performance of Huit Chansons de Fleur, a song cycle by Ricky Ian Gordon which anchors the new album, featuring emotionally precise settings of poems from Gordon, Emily Dickinson, Dorothy Parker, and others. Gordon’s skill with vocal writing, honed across his prolific career in opera and musical theater, was immediately evident here in the organic flow of the word setting and ability to engage the listener in the text. The score’s gently ambivalent harmonic language elaborated on the concealed and conflicted emotions in the selected poems, while Moore’s insightful and reserved handling of the piano writing enveloped the vocal line with transparent textures."


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