MARTIN HENNESSEY
June 2010

New York, NY – New York City Opera’s Vox Series presented Martin’s opera, A Letter to East 11th Street (libretto: Mark Campbell), with conductor George Manahan, and his Four Ben Jonson Songs won grand prize at the San Francisco Song Festival. He has been honored with awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, two grants from the American Music Center, and two commissions from The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS. His music has been presented by the New York Festival of Song, American Opera Projects, the Guggenheim Works and Process Series, the Harvard Ballet Company, Positive Music and Dancers Responding to AIDS.  Recent premieres include Suite for Suzanne at Strathmore Hall at Weill Recital Hall. A compact disc featuring seven of his songs can be found on Newport Classic, and his William Bronk settings are included on Albany’s Drifts and Shadows: American Song for the New Millenium. 

Martin has toured throughout the world with the Bel Canto Trio and the Ambassadors of Opera. He also held a two year conducting/coaching fellowship at Juilliard’s American Opera Center and he has served on the faculties of Carlo Bergonzi’s Bel Canto Seminar in Busseto, Italy, Joan Dornemann’s Opera Training Institute in North Carolina and the Resonanz Festival in Albany, NY, as well as teaching at Bennington College in Vermont.  He attended the Foreign Service School at Georgetown University and later earned a degree in English magna cum laude at Columbia University. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. 

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