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Through her operas, electronic, instrumental and vocal music, Alice Shields explores cultural crises and women’s rights by creating stories rich with the music, poetry and drama of different cultures and different times.
Current projects include the premiere of the electronic White Heron Dance based on Japanese folk ritual by the Association for the Promotion of New Music on April 17th, 2017 at the National Opera Center, featuring the Japanese dancer Mayo Miwa. In June, 2017 the NYC-Electroacoustic Music Festival will premiere the electronic Mourning Song, based on mourning songs from around the world. 2017 will also see the premiere of a new chamber piece for the Eurasia Consort for soprano, alto flute, Renaissance harp, theorbo and percussion.
Recent large works include Shields’ orchestral opera Criseyde (2010), a heroic feminist tale, which was performed in concert by the New York City Opera VOX Festival and reviewed by the New York Times as "intense, richly scored", and The Mud Oratorio (2003), a theater piece for dance premiered by Frostburg State University and called "mind-boggling art" by the Associated Press, performed in concert by the NYC-Electroacoustic Music Festival in June, 2016.
For more information please see www.aliceshields.com