Mark-Anthony Turnage
English composer
Mark-Anthony Turnage
Mark-Anthony Turnage is a prolific English composer of classical music. His initial musical studies were with Oliver Knussen, John Lambert, and later with Gunther Schuller. He also has been strongly influenced by jazz, in particular by the work of Miles Davis. Turnage has composed numerous orchestral and chamber works, and two widely performed operas.
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At New York City Opera, the Fat Lady Is About to Sing
The Street - over 3 years
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The glorious fall of New York City Opera is imminent. The only thing that can stop it is a major gift or basket of gifts from its ranks of supporters or, most helpfully, a brand new funder who will choose to remain committed to the group over the long haul. And it will be a long haul. Down to its last nickel and ready to scuttle its current season of productions, the NYCO has been having money problems for years -- for reasons both complex and persistent. Anybody who thinks they can bring it back to life with a one-time gift is dreaming. The NYCO launched its 2013-14 season with a bang, premiering the 2011 opera, Anna Nicole by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, a production that has been getting good reviews. Soprano Sarah Joy Miller's singing is apparently sensational, no less so than the prosthetic breasts and "fat suit" she gets to wear in her role as the reality-show celebrity Anna Nicole Smith. ...
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City Opera’s ‘Anna Nicole’
NYTimes - over 3 years
The opera’s new season opened with the American premiere of this work by the composer Mark-Anthony Turnage.     
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An American Homecoming
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage—whose opera 'Anna Nicole' opens in Brooklyn on Tuesday—makes a case for Anna Nicole Smith as a modern diva.
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NYC Opera Season Comes To An End
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK -- Jacques Offenbach's "La Perichole" struggled to break through and was ultimately suffocated in Christopher Alden's heavy-handed and annoying production, the last of New York City Opera's second season as a roaming company. An opera bouffe that's usually airy and sometimes saccharine, "La Perichole" devolved into a series of sophomoric sight gags, overshadowing fine vocal work by mezzo-soprano Marie Lenormand as Perichole and tenor Philippe Talbot as Piquillo, the pair of young street singers. Seen Tuesday night in the second performance of a run of four, this was City Opera's second staging this season at New York City Center, its home from 1944-65. Alden seemed to be inspired by Monty Python's visit to City Center in 1976. Don Andre de Ribeira, the Viceroy of Peru sung by bass Kevin Burdette, pranced about the stage in the manner of John Cleese as the Minister of Silly Walks. He was costumed by Gabriel Berry as a superhero, a cowboy in black and white ...
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Theatres - Coming Soon - September 15 onwards - Flintshire Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
MARK-Anthony Turnage's brilliant and provocative opera exploded on to the stage in 1988. Based on the play by Steven Berkoff, it catapults us into the seedy, boozy East End world of Eddy and his family. Fed up with his Mum and Dad and fuelled by anger
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Greek/ Music Theatre Wales; Proms 67, 68, 70 – review - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Marcus Farnsworth as Eddy in Mark-Anthony Turnage's Greek, revived by Music Theatre Wales at the Traverse in Edinburgh. Photograph: Clive Barda/ ArenaPal In Greek the thuggish hero Eddy commits murder, inadvertently sleeps with his mother and gouges
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Eva-Maria Westbroek - A voice with no need for artificial enhancement head - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
When Eva-Maria Westbroek put on giant fake breasts to sing the title role of Mark-Anthony Turnage's opera Anna Nicole in February, she made a startling discovery. "I'd never had so many friends in my life," the Dutch soprano laughs
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Naxos of America Adds NMC Recordings, Lipkind Productions and BBC Legends to ... - MarketWatch (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Composers represented on the label range from established voices -- James Dillon, Alexander Goehr, Howard Skempton, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Judith Weir, to a younger generation including Joe Cutler, Sadie Harrison and Donnacha Dennehy
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Greek, Traverse Theatre - Herald Scotland
Google News - over 5 years
At first glance, Greek, the chamber opera from Mark-Anthony Turnage, looks like an omnibus episode of EastEnders. And it's just as entertaining. Opening with expletives that perhaps kept the usual well-heeled opera crowd away, the plot whips along at a
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See, hear - Financial Times
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Her wittily in-your-face designs for Mark-Anthony Turnage's Anna Nicole this year involved re-cladding the interior of the Royal Opera House as a shrine to the self-destroying protagonist: she likes to envelop her audience in her dramatic world
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Classical & Opera: Greek fire still burns bright - Scotsman
Google News - over 5 years
WHEN Music Theatre Wales (MTW) laid out plans for its new UK-wide touring production of Mark-Anthony Turnage's 1988 opera Greek, any thoughts of art imitating life, at least in a direct contemporary sense, must have seemed a million
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Sandy Scott's EIF: Week two - Edinburgh Evening News
Google News - over 5 years
They followed with Mark-Anthony Turnage's very different Twisted Blues with Twisted Ballad. Its movements' titles indicate interest in Led Zeppelin, but in each of the three, Turnage never seems to move away from his opening idea to invest the music
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Classical review: Belcea Quartet - Edinburgh Festivals
Google News - over 5 years
What didn't work well at all was Mark-Anthony Turnage's Twisted Blues with Twisted Ballad, based on songs by Led Zeppelin. Turnage's brutish style sits awkwardly with strings. It's an ugly piece that not even the strains of Stairway to Heaven managed
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Opera through the ages - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
... such as Damon Albarn's Doctor Dee, which premiered this year. More traditional approaches have found new exponents in the prolific Hans Werner Henze, Pascal Dusapin, Wolfgang Rihm, Thomas Adès, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Judith Weir
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Cabrillo new-music fest, at 49, among America's oldest - San Francisco Examiner
Google News - over 5 years
The festival also has supported young emerging composers such as Kevin Puts, Michael Hersch, Chiayu, Mason Bates, Avner Dorman, Mark O'Connor, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Greg Smith. Noted for being one of the finest “pickup orchestras” around,
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Mighty Marin Alsop - SantaCruz.com
Google News - over 5 years
In 2010, Alsop's guest composers included Mark Anthony Turnage and Puts, who played his own piano concerto, Night, followed by John Adams' City Noir, a “soundtrack without a movie.” “I love to watch her conduct,” says Adams, an accomplished conductor
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Taking stock of the Carmel Bach Festival's new groove. - Monterey County Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
Goodwin was game in his inaugural year, putting together a lineup of music that ranged from his putative specialty right up to the 21st century, from JS Bach's St. John Passion of 1724 to Mark Anthony Turnage's A Man Descending of 2004, with pastoral
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Review: Something new for Carmel Bach Festival -- a jazz saxophonist, Joe Lovano - San Jose Mercury News
Google News - over 5 years
3, "Pastoral" -- a work of tranquillity and sadness, incubated at the end of World War I -- with "A Man Descending," a shadowy piece by contemporary British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. A response to Vaughan Williams' beloved "A Lark Ascending," it's
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A life in music: Richard Rodney Bennett - The Guardian
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The composer Mark-Anthony Turnage says: "As a kid, Bennett was very important to me. The technique of those early symphonies was stunning and it seemed to be a less academic, more musical, sort of modernism. What people didn't realise was that he'd
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2015
    In 2015 he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to music.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    In Autumn 2005, he was appointed the Royal College of Music's Research Fellow in Composition.
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    He was Composer in Residence with the London Philharmonic Orchestra from 2005 until 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Between 2006 and 2010, Turnage was a co-composer-in-residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a position he held alongside Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Turnage was the first Radcliffe Composer in Association with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 1989 until 1993 and between 2000 and 2003 was the BBC Symphony Orchestra's first Associate Composer.
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  • OTHER
  • 1960
    Born in 1960.
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