Daron Hagen: Running toward the knife

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Courtesy Burning Sled Music

Composer Daron Hagen is among today’s most prolific writers for the American opera stage. His eight operas enjoy regular productions worldwide, and his latest, titled “A Woman in Morocco,” is currently in development.

As an educator, he has taught at the Curtis Institute of Music, Princeton, Bard College, New York University, and the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, among others.

Daron displayed remarkable talent at an early age. While still in high school, he studied composition, piano and conducting at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. From there he went to study with Ned Rorem at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. After three years he moved to New York and the Juilliard School, where his teachers included David Diamond, Bernard Rands, and Joseph Schwantner. Daron currently lives in New York with his wife, composer and vocalist Gilda Lyons, and their two children.

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