David T. Little is “one of the most imaginative young composers” on the scene (The New Yorker), with “a knack for overturning musical conventions” (The New York Times).
His critically acclaimed operas Dog Days, JFK,and Vinkensport (librettos by Royce Vavrek) and Soldier Songs have been widely acclaimed, “prov[ing] beyond any doubt that opera has both a relevant present and a bright future” (New York Times). Recent works include The Conjured Life (Cabrillo Festival / Cristian Măcelaru), Ghostlight—ritual for six players (eighth blackbird / Kennedy Center), AGENCY (Kronos Quartet), and dress in magic amulets, dark, from My feet (The Crossing / ICE).
Mr. Little is currently composing a new opera with Royce Vavrek, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera / Lincoln Center Theater new works program, and the music-theater work Artaud in the Black Lodge with poet Anne Waldman (Beth Morrison Projects). His music has been heard at LA Opera (Dog Days, 2015), the LA Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Park Avenue Armory, Holland Festival, the Bang On A Can Marathon, BAM Next Wave, Opéra de Montréal, and elsewhere. He co-founded the New Music Bake Sale, served as executive director of MATA, serves on the board of directors at Chamber Music America, and teaches composition at Mannes-The New School. From 2014 to 2017, he served as Composer-in-Residence with Opera Philadelphia and Music-Theatre Group. The founding artistic director of the ensemble Newspeak, his music can be heard on New Amsterdam, Innova, and VIA Records labels. David T. Little is published by Boosey & Hawkes.