Lori Laitman

Laitman's oeuvre of over 200 art songs spans the breadth of American literature, from Emily Dickinson to contemporary poets. Her songs are widely performed, and she has received countless commissions to write vocal music, especially song cycles, for which she is particularly talented.

Photo: Lori Laitman, Photo credit: Christian Steiner, www.artsongs.com

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About

Laitman, a native of New York, graduated from Yale College and The Yale School of Music with a focus on composition for theatre and film. However, she began writing almost solely for voice in 1991. Her first opera Come To Me In Dreams was premiered by Cleveland Opera in 2004. The Three Feathers, Laitman’s children’s opera with librettist Dana Gioia, was commissioned by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech and premiered there in October 2014 in a production directed by Beth Greenberg. Her opera The Scarlet Letter, to a libretto by poet David Mason (based on the Hawthorne classic), will receive its professional world premiere by Opera Colorado in May 2016. This new production will be directed by Greenberg, conducted by Ari Pelto, and will feature Elizabeth Futral, Dominic Armstrong and Malcolm MacKenzie in the lead roles.

Laitman’s songs set not only the poetry of American composers (including Sara Teasdale, William Carlos Williams, Mary Oliver, Richard Wilbur, Kenneth Rexroth, and Dana Gioia), but also the words of Holocaust victims/survivors, of Charles Baudelaire, and of poets from the Czech Republic, Ireland, England, Sri Lanka, Russia, and Poland.

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Recordings

Experience

(Lori Laitman and Richard Pearson Thomas)

2013

Between the Bliss and Me. . . Songs to Poems of Emily Dickinson

(Ernst Bacon, Aaron Copland, John Woods Duke, Arthur Farwell, Lee Hoiby, Lori Laitman and Richard Pearson Thomas)

2009

Wild Songs

(Steve Heitzeg and Lori Laitman)

2012

Laitman: Within These Spaces

(Lori Laitman)

2009

Heggie: For a Look or a Touch / Laitman: The Seed of a Dream

(Jake Heggie and Lori Laitman)

2008

Becoming a Redwood

(Lori Laitman)

2006

The Shining Place

(Lee Hoiby, Lori Laitman, Stephen Paulus and Simon Sargon)

2006

Dwell in Possibility: Dickinson in Song

(Ernst Bacon, Aaron Copland, Celius Dougherty, John Woods Duke, Lee Hoiby, Richard Hundley, Jake Heggie, Lori Laitman, Libby Larsen, Etta Parker, Simon Sargon, Leo Smit and Richard Pearson Thomas)

2004

Dreaming - Songs of Lori Laitman

(Lori Laitman)

2003

Mystery: The Songs of Lori Laitman

(Lori Laitman)

2000

American Song Recital

(Leonard Bernstein, William Bolcom, Paul Bowles, John Corigliano, John Woods Duke, Richard Hundley, Lori Laitman, John Musto and Richard Pearson Thomas)

1992

Songs

A Small Tin Parrot Pin

Lori Laitman

Thomas Lux

Song Collection: Men With Small Heads

A Winter Night

Lori Laitman

Sara Teasdale

Song Collection: The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs

Along With Me

Lori Laitman

Robert Browning

Song Collection: Days and Nights

Becoming a Redwood

Song Collection

Lori Laitman

Dana Gioia

Becoming a Redwood

Lori Laitman

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Becoming a Redwood

Being Happy

Lori Laitman

Dana Gioia

Curriculum Vitae

Lori Laitman

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Becoming a Redwood

Days and Nights

Song Collection

Lori Laitman

Robert Browning

Emily Dickinson

Christina Rossetti

Dreams

Lori Laitman

Mary Oliver

Song Collection: Sunflowers

Early Snow

Song Collection

Lori Laitman

Mary Oliver

Four Dickinson Songs

Song Collection

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

Full Moon

Lori Laitman

William Carlos Williams

Song Collection: Two Songs for Tenor

Hope is a Strange Invention

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: One Bee and Revery

I Stepped From Plank to Plank

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: In This Short Life

I'm Nobody

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Four Dickinson Songs

If I...

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Four Dickinson Songs

In This Short Life

Song Collection

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

In This Short Life

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me

Lori Laitman

Mary Oliver

Song Collection: Early Snow

Light Hearted William

Lori Laitman

William Carlos Williams

Song Collection: Two Songs for Tenor

Men With Small Heads

Song Collection

Lori Laitman

Thomas Lux

Men With Small Heads

Lori Laitman

Thomas Lux

Song Collection: Men With Small Heads

Mystery

Song Collection

Lori Laitman

Sara Teasdale

Nightfall

Lori Laitman

Sara Teasdale

Song Collection: Mystery

One Bee and Revery

Song Collection

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

Old Tunes

Lori Laitman

Sara Teasdale

Song Collection: The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs

Over the Fence

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Days and Nights

Plums (Two Songs)

Song Collection

Lori Laitman

William Carlos Williams

Pentecost

Lori Laitman

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Becoming a Redwood

Refrigerator, 1957

Lori Laitman

Thomas Lux

Song Collection: Men With Small Heads

She Died

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Four Dickinson Songs

Snake Lake

Lori Laitman

Thomas Lux

Song Collection: Men With Small Heads

Some Keep the Sabbath

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: In This Short Life

Song

Lori Laitman

Christina Rossetti

Song Collection: Days and Nights

Spray

Lori Laitman

Sara Teasdale

Song Collection: Mystery

Sunflowers

Song Collection

Lori Laitman

Mary Oliver

Sunrise

Lori Laitman

Mary Oliver

Song Collection: Sunflowers

Swimmers on the Shore

Lori Laitman

David Mason

The Apple Orchard

Lori Laitman

Dana Gioia

The Butterfly Upon

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: One Bee and Revery

The Hour

Lori Laitman

Sara Teasdale

Song Collection: The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs

The Kiss

Lori Laitman

Sara Teasdale

Song Collection: Mystery

The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs

Song Collection

Lori Laitman

Sara Teasdale

The Metropolitan Tower

Lori Laitman

Sara Teasdale

Song Collection: The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs

The Mystery

Lori Laitman

Sara Teasdale

Song Collection: Mystery

The Rose

Lori Laitman

Sara Teasdale

Song Collection: Mystery

The Silver Swan

Lori Laitman

Anonymous

The Song

Lori Laitman

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Becoming a Redwood

The Strong House

Lori Laitman

Sara Teasdale

Song Collection: The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs

The Sunflowers

Lori Laitman

Mary Oliver

Song Collection: Sunflowers

They Might Not Need Me

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Days and Nights

This Is Just To Say

Lori Laitman

William Carlos Williams

Song Collection: Plums (Two Songs)

To a Loose Woman

Lori Laitman

Sara Teasdale

Song Collection: The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs

To a Poor Old Woman

Lori Laitman

William Carlos Williams

Song Collection: Plums (Two Songs)

To Make a Prairie

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: One Bee and Revery

Two Songs for Tenor

Song Collection

Lori Laitman

William Carlos Williams

Wild Nights

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Days and Nights

Will There Really Be a Morning?

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Four Dickinson Songs

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    Becoming a Redwood (High voice)

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. The Song
    2. Pentecost
    3. Curriculum Vitae
    4. Becoming a Redwood

    Voice Type: High

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    Becoming a Redwood (Medium Voice)

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. The Song
    2. Pentecost
    3. Curriculum Vitae
    4. Becoming a Redwood

    Voice Type: Medium

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    Being Happy

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

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    Early Snow

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me
    2. Blue Iris
    3. Early Snow

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    Four Dickinson Songs (High Key)

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. Will There Really Be a Morning?
    2. I'm Nobody
    3. She Died
    4. If I...

    Voice Type: High

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    Four Dickinson Songs (Low key)

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. Will There Really Be a Morning?
    2. I'm Nobody
    3. She Died
    4. If I...

    Voice Type: Low

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    In This Short Life

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. Some Keep the Sabbath
    2. I Stepped From Plank to Plank
    3. In This Short Life

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    Men With Small Heads (Baritone)

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. Men With Small Heads
    2. Refrigerator, 1957
    3. A Small Tin Parrot Pin
    4. Snake Lake

    Voice Type: Low

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    Men With Small Heads (Countertenor or Mezzo-Soprano)

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. Men With Small Heads
    2. Refrigerator, 1957
    3. A Small Tin Parrot Pin
    4. Snake Lake

    Voice Type: Medium

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    Mystery (Mezzo-Soprano Version)

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. Nightfall
    2. Spray
    3. The Kiss
    4. The Mystery
    5. The Rose

    Voice Type: Medium

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    Mystery (Baritone Version)

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. Nightfall
    2. Spray
    3. The Kiss
    4. The Mystery
    5. The Rose

    Voice Type: Low

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    One Bee and Revery

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. The Butterfly Upon
    2. Hope is a Strange Invention
    3. To Make a Prairie

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    Plums (Two Songs)

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. To a Poor Old Woman
    2. This Is Just To Say

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    Sunflowers

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. The Sunflowers
    2. Dreams
    3. Sunrise

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    Swimmers on the Shore

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): David Mason

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    The Apple Orchard

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

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    The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. The Metropolitan Tower
    2. A Winter Night
    3. Old Tunes
    4. The Strong House
    5. The Hour
    6. To a Loose Woman

    Voice Type: High

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    The Silver Swan

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Voice Type: High

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    Two Songs for Tenor

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. Full Moon
    2. Light Hearted William

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