Peter Winkler is a composer, pianist, and Professor of Music at Stony Brook University in New York, where he has taught since 1971. His principal composition teacher was Earl Kim, with whom he studied at Princeton and Harvard Universities. While a graduate student in the mid-1960’s he became fascinated by the music of the Beatles and Motown, and began a life-long creative and scholarly involvement with popular music. His compositions include both concert works and music for the theater; many of his pieces involve a synthesis of popular and classical styles. Winkler's music has been recorded on New World, Albany, Advance and Nutmeg records.
Sheila Silver is Professor of Music at Stony Brook. She has written in a wide range of mediums, from solo instrumental works to large orchestral works, from opera to feature film scores. Her musical language is a unique synthesis of the tonal and atonal worlds, coupled with a compelling rhythmic complexity. Her compositions have been commissioned and performed by numerous orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists throughout the world. Her honors include a Bunting Institute Fellowship, the Rome Prize, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Composer Award, and The Sackler Prize in Music Composition. She has been twice winner of the ISCM National Composers Competition. Her teachers include Erhard Karkoschka, Gyorgi Ligeti and Arthur Berger. She received her PhD in music composition from Brandeis University. Her music is available on the Naxos, CRI, Albany, Bridge, and Mode labels. More information »
David Lawton, Professor of Music and Artistic Director of Stony Brook Opera comments on the cast: “We truly have an international cast for Fox Fables and The Wooden Sword: American soprano Risa Renae Harman and tenors Andrew Fuchs and Alex Guerrero; Korean soprano Won-Jung Kim, mezzo sopranos Gloria Park and Ryu-Kyung Kim, and bass Tae Suk Suh; Puerto Rican baritone Carlos Conde and Canadian bass David English. Except for Conde, who is a Stony Brook alumnus, the cast members are all advanced graduate voice majors studying with Stony Brook Performing Artists in Residence Elaine Bonazzi and Fred Carama. The singers hail from prestigious schools—Julliard and Mannes School of Music among them—and are already pursuing successful international opera careers.”
Rhoda Levine has worked as a director and choreographer, both on and Off-Broadway, in London's West End, and for CBS and WNET television. She has staged operas for the Netherlands, Belgian, Scottish, San Francisco, Seattle, and Dallas Operas. In Holland she directed the world premiere of Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann, who tragically died in Auschwitz. She has often recreated the original production in both Europe and the United States. Her work has appeared at the Festival of Two Worlds (Italy and the United States), the Holland Festival, the Jerusalem Festival, and the Festival Cervantino. In 1996 she directed the South African premiere of Porgy and Bess in Capetown. For the New York City Opera, she has directed the world premiere of X: The Life and Times of Malcom X, for which she was also artistic consultant; the American premiere of From the House of the Dead, and productions of Medea, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Die Soldaten, Mathis Der Maler, Rigoletto, Of Mice and Men, Lizzie Borden (televised by PBS), and Little Women. Most recently, Rhoda Levine was acclaimed by the New York Times for her production of The Good Soldier Schweik for Glimmerglass Opera.
Miss Levine is the author of 8 childrens' books, as well as libretti for Stanley Hollingsworth and Luciano Berio, for whom she wrote Opus No. Zoo. She has been on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama, the Juilliard School, the Banff Center for the Arts, Curtis Institute, and Northwestern University. She currently teaches at Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes College of Music. Along with Philip Glass and George Abbott she was a recipient of the National Institute of Music Theater Award for her contribution to American Musical Theater. Miss Levine is the Artistic Director of the New York improvisational opera group, Play it by Ear.