Theater is that collective experience in which participants gather to understand both the richness and injustice of human experience; it is where together, we mourn and celebrate. Chen's work strives to inform and engage, and to bring forth the reinvention of our expectations for our society.
Always fascinated by the expressive possibilities of dramatic forms, Taiwanese-American composer Justine F. Chen draws inspiration from animation, film, theater, classical Indian dance and music, ballet, and contemporary dance. Recent projects include a new chamber opera Seven Sisters (centering women, immigrant culture, and Taiwan) with librettist Stephanie Fleischmann, a choral work for The Crossing on data-mining (text by Jena Osman), a short film opera on modern-day heroes with Jacqueline Goldfinger, a modern retelling of Giovanni's Room with Iyun Ashani Harrison and Ballet Ashani, and The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing (librettist David Simpatico) commissioned by American Lyric Theater.
"Lyrical, atmospheric... striking… Throughout, Ms. Chen balances despair and humor." - NY Times
"...the kind of propulsive, emotionally resonant score that choreographers tend to dream of." - NY Times
She has been commissioned and performed by New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, The Juilliard School, JACK Quartet, American Composers Orchestra, New York Festival of Song, Washington Ballet, Long Leaf Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Tapestry Opera, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
Photo: Steven Laxton.
JUSTINE F. CHEN
COMPOSER AND VIOLINIST
So thrilled to find out that my music will be featured this summer at Merola Opera and at Bowdoin International Music Festival!!
A new short film opera with Jackie Goldfinger and Resonance Works is in the works!! Stay Tuned!
Stay tuned for an encore presentation of my "to belong" from Melisa Tien's SWELL, hosted by Asian American Arts Alliance. June 22, 29, 2021 6-7:15 PM!
So thrilled to be showcased at OPERA America's BACKSTAGE BRUNCH on 4/17!!
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