Rachel J. Peters | Composer/Librettist
 
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I write exclusively for voices and for the stage, and I consider myself a true crossover composer. I believe that the boundary between opera and musical theatre is highly permeable and should be crossed often.  It is my life’s passion to make music for humans about humans (and sometimes other creatures who are puzzling out what it means to be human) and to continue asking the fundamental question, “Are you seeing what I’m seeing?” In everything I create, I take my cue from Stephen Sondheim’s description of Company, "where the audience would sit for two hours screaming their heads off with laughter, and then go home and not be able to sleep." Ultimately, I think that truth is simply stranger than other truth, and I thread this principle through all of my work, whether silly, harrowing, or both.

 
 
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