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Gregory Spears (Composer)  music work has been called "astonishingly beautiful" ( The New York Times ), "coolly entrancing" ( The New Yorker ), and "some of the most beautifully unsettling music to appear in recent memory" ( The Boston Globe ). In recent seasons, he has been commissioned by The Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Cincinnati Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seraphic Fire, The Crossing, and the JACK Quartet among others. Spears' most recent evening length opera,  Fellow Travelers , was written with playwright Greg Pierce and premiered in 2016 at Cincinnati Opera in a ten-performance run. It was hailed as "one of the most accomplished new operas I have seen in recent years" ( Chicago Tribune ) and an opera that "seems assured of lasting appeal" ( The New York Times ). The premiere of  Fellow Travelers  was also included in  The New York Times'  Best in Classical Music for 2016. Spears' children's opera  Jason and the Argonauts,  written with Kathryn Walat, also premiered in the summer of 2016 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and was subsequently performed on tour the following fall. His opera about space exploration,  O Columbia , was written in collaboration with Royce Vavrek and premiered in 2015 at Houston Grand Opera. Spears and Walat’s first opera,  Paul’s Case,  was described as a "masterpiece" ( New York Observer ) and was developed by American Opera Projects. It was premiered by Urban Arias in 2013, restaged at the PROTOTYPE Festival in 2014, and presented in a new production by Pittsburgh Opera. Spears has won prizes from BMI and ASCAP as well as awards and fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Vagn Holmboe Competition. His music is published by Schott Music and Schott PSNY.
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