Work Being Presented: What You Want (substance free)
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GILDA LYONS, (b. 1975), composer, vocalist, and visual artist, combines elements of renaissance, neo-baroque, spectral, folk, agitprop Music Theater, and extended vocalism to create works of uncompromising emotional honesty and melodic beauty.
The premiere of A New Kind of Fallout—Lyons’ mainstage opera inspired by the life and work of environmentalist Rachel Carson, written with librettist Tammy Ryan, and commissioned by Opera Theater of Pittsburgh—was described as “powerfully effective” (Pittsburgh Stage Magazine), “haunting” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) and “spot-on at re-creating the atmosphere of the early ’60s” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review).
As composer and vocalist Lyons’ works and performances are available on the Clarion, GPR, Naxos, New Dynamic, New Focus, and Roven Records labels. Current recording projects as composer include spring 2018 releases of Lyons’ works by Quince (Motherland) and entelechron (The Folk Tune Project). Gilda Lyons’ fall 2017 vocal collaboration with Laura Ward was released on the Naxos label on Lyric Fest’s all-Hagen CD 21st Century Song Cycles; Opera News writes of Lyons’ “winning delivery, full of character.” Other recent recording projects include Lindsey Goodman’s tour de force performance of Lyons’ Chrysalis (reach through the sky) and Sing for Hope’s release of Lyons’ Hold On (An AIDS Quilt Songbook).