"Lyrical, atmospheric... striking… balances despair and humor." - NY Times
"...the kind of propulsive, emotionally resonant score that choreographers tend to dream of." - NY Times
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 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 song cycle with the haunting poetry of Ophelia Hu Kinney, for soprano Jennifer Lien, an opera with librettist Jacqueline Goldfinger inspired by the oldest ballad Twa Sisters, and The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing (librettist David Simpatico) commissioned by American Lyric Theater, which will be premiered by Chicago Opera Theater in March 2023.
She has been commissioned and performed by WQXR, The Crossing, 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, Banff Music Centre, Merola Opera, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
JUSTINE F. CHEN
COMPOSER AND VIOLINIST
Gearing up for my upcoming workshop with Maryland Opera Studio for their New Work Reading: a new opera with librettist Jacqueline Goldfinger! TWA - Feb 17, 2023!
Thrilled to announce the world premiere of Iridescent Gest, my piece for the mighty Matt Haimovitz at the Israel Conservatory of Music! 2/28/23
GET YOUR TICKETS to the long-awaited WORLD PREMIERE of my opera with librettist David Simpatico, THE LIFE AND DEATH(S) OF ALAN TURING!! COT, and director Peter Rothstein and Maestra Lidiya Yankovskaya! March 23 & 25 2023! Tickets here! ALT Tour info here!
Check out my Know Them Now video on YouTube! Thanks, BMI!
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