Composer Stefan Weisman’s music has range, earning ardent praise from opera critics as “personal, moody and skillfully wrought” (New York Times) and “a touching tour de force” (New York Magazine) as well as delighting the host of The Wendy Williams Show who called “Twinkie,” his satirical art song, “Fabulous!”
Weisman’s compositions include chamber, orchestral, theater, dance and choral pieces, and he specializes in vocal works that explore edgy and compelling topics. His opera Darkling, commissioned by American Opera Projects, was included in the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series, premiered to great acclaim in New York, and toured Europe. It was released by Albany Records. His one-act opera Fade, commissioned by the British opera company Second Movement, premiered in London and had successful performances in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Brooklyn. The Scarlet Ibis debuted in New York’s acclaimed Prototype festival, co-produced by HERE and Beth Morrison Projects. The New York Times praised The Scarlet Ibis as an “outstanding new chamber musical” and The Wall Street Journal called it “subtly subversive, and its production groundbreaking.”
His work has been performed by Bang on a Can, Anthony Roth Costanzo, the Miró String Quartet, and So Percussion. Inside Jersey Magazine selected him as one of twenty-one artists from New Jersey who are “breaking big.” He is a graduate of Bard College, Yale University (MA), and Princeton University (Ph.D). Weisman teaches at the Bard High School Early College. He has also taught at Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program, the City College of New York, CUNY, and the Princeton University Department of Music. His music is available on New Amsterdam Records and Albany Records.