C o m p o s e r s / L i b r e t t i s t s
JOSTEIN STALHEIM is a composer, accordionist, soundpainter and Associate Professor at Bergen University College, Norway, where he teaches composition and leads international research projects. He received a grant from the Norwegian Art Council to compose music for his next opera ”Zosimos´ Nine Lives”. His ballet ”Watch” will premiered in Dansens Hus, Oslo. He has been live-composing using Soundpainting (a universal sign language) for two projects: one with children and one with BIT20ensemble. He has written music for orchestra, chamber-ensembles, solo, multimedia and site-specific productions. His stage music includes the opera ”Pr.Warrants Progress” and the ballets "Volatile", "Alrekr" and "Kast".
JOHN G. BILOTTA was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, but has spent most his life in the San Francisco Bay Area where he studied composition with Frederick Saunders. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, his works have been performed by soloists and ensembles around the world. His first chamber opera Aria da Capo, on the play by Edna St. Vincent Millay, was a finalist in a competition sponsored by the New York City Opera. His comic opera Quantum Mechanic won the 2007 Opera-in-a-Month Challenge. Trifles, based on the play by Susan Glaspell, is his third chamber opera. John is a member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Composers, Inc., and is editor of SCION, the organization's opportunities newsletter.
Associate Professor Oded Ben-Horin is coordinator of the Global Science Opera initiative, and a co-developer of that concept. He was project coordinator of the EU Comenius Multilateral project “Implementing Creative Strategies into Science Teaching”. He is, along with Professor Magne Espeland, the idea developer of the Write a Science Opera educational methodology which is active in 12 countries. As an artist (librettist, jazz vocalist, composer), Oded has collaborated with leading international science institutions to produce music and contribute to creative public outreach, including the Census Of Marine Life, the Norwegian Sea Travel Museum, and Lunar Mission One, among others. Rosetta’s Stone is his first science opera for the professional stage (as concept developer and co-librettist).
JOHN F. MCGREW studied piano, harmony, and composition as a teenager with Alexander Sckaventa (a student of Rimsky-Korsakov). After receiving his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology he worked as a human factors engineer for 30 years. He returned to music studying with Aaron Blumenfeld. John has played the contrabass in Bay Area community orchestras, Washington D.C., and Pasadena. and is an amateur guitarist. He wrote the libretto for Quantum Mechanic which won the 2007 Opera-in-a-Month Challenge, and for Trifles and A Christmas Tale. He composed the music for Three Haiku Songs for soprano and string quartet. He has written short stories, screen plays, children's stories, a novel, and acted in the film Xtraterrestrials Xposed.