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. In the tradition of Kurt Weill, Marc Blitzstein, and their contemporaries, 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) and to continue asking the fundamental question, “Are you seeing what I’m seeing?” In all my work, 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 everything I write, whether silly, harrowing, or both.

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