Ben Moore, Composer

The music of American composer Ben Moore has been performed by many leading singers including soprano Deborah Voigt; mezzo-sopranos Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, and Isabel Leonard; tenors Lawrence Brownlee and Robert White; baritone Nathan Gunn; and Audra McDonald. His work has been called “brilliant” and “gorgeously lyrical” by the New York Times while Opera News has praised the “easy tunefulness” and “romantic sweep” of his songs.  

Moore is the composer of three operas.  “Enemies, a Love Story,” based on the novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer with a libretto by Nahma Sandrow, premiered at Palm Beach Opera in 2015.  Fred Plotkin of WQXR said it's “an important new work that will find its place among those works that audiences will be moved by...”  “Odyssey” and “Robin Hood” are youth operas commissioned by the Glimmerglass Festival with librettos by Kelley Rourke.  Odyssey premiered at Glimmerglass in 2015 and will soon be seen at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minnesota Opera and again at Glimmerglass in 2018. “Robin Hood” premiered at Glimmerglass in August 2017 and will be presented at Seattle Opera in 2018.

Ben's songs can be heard on Deborah Voigt’s recital CD entitled All My Heart (EMI) with eight Moore works, Nathan Gunn’s Just Before Sunrise (SonyBMG), Lawrence Brownlee’s This Heart that Flutters (Opus Arte) and Susan Graham at Carnegie Hall (Warner Classics).  Dear Theo (Delos records) features three of Ben's song cycles. These include Dear Theo, based on the letters of Vincent van Gogh; So Free Am I, on poems by women; and Ode to a Nightingale, a setting of John Keats’ great poem. Read the Opera News review here.

Besides art song and opera Moore’s works include musical theatre, cabaret, chamber music, choral music and comedy material. In 2006 the Metropolitan Opera featured two of his comedy songs, one for Deborah Voigt and one for Susan Graham, in a gala broadcast nationally. 2006 also saw the release of the volume “Ben Moore: 14 Songs” published by G. Schirmer. Reviewing the album, Classical Singer Magazine wrote: “ can find a breath of fresh air in the settings included in this volume...This composer is not afraid of the past, but rather embraces many of the most beautiful aspects of his artistic heritage while imbuing his work with its own personal colors and tones.”

Born on January 2, 1960, in Syracuse, New York, Moore grew up in Clinton, New York and graduated from Hamilton College. With an MFA from The Parsons School of Design, Ben also pursues a career as a painter.