Peters’ music grabs you by the collar
and demands your attention...
Peters has lots to say and is not afraid to
shift gears as she goes along.
— BroadwayWorld
 
 

Composer/librettist Rachel J. Peters (b. 1977) writes all manner of works for the stage. Operas include Rootabaga Country (Sarasota Opera), The Wild Beast of the Bungalow with Royce Vavrek (Center for Contemporary Opera, Hartford Opera Theater), Companionship (Fort Worth Opera, American Opera Projects, Manhattan School of Music) Pie, Pith, and Palette with Marvin J. Carlton (The Atlanta Opera), and Monkey Do (Rhymes With Opera). Musicals include Only Children with Michael R. Jackson (NYU Tisch Mainstage, Lincoln Center Directors Lab), Tiny Feats of Cowardice with Susan Bernfield (NYC Fringe Festival), Write Left with John Walch (Playwrights Horizons Theatre School), Tomato Red (UC Irvine), and Octopus Heart (NYU Steinhardt). Scores for plays include the critically acclaimed Stretch (a fantasia) (New Georges) and Tania in the Getaway Van (Flea Theater) by Susan Bernfield, Transatlantic by John Walch (Arkansas Rep), The Bacchae (Asolo Rep Conservatory), and several plays by Stan Richardson. Concert works include Ethel Smyth Plays Golf in Limbo (Semperoper Dresden), Jack's Vocabulary (Hartt SPASM), I Live Here (Galapagos Art Space), Canon I (Two Sides Sounding), And Then (BayPath College), and Fronds: The Wisdom of Fanny Fern (Walt Whitman Project).  Her art songs and cabaret songs have been performed at Lincoln Center, Second Stage, The National Opera Center, Symphony Space, NYMF, Ars Nova, Joe's Pub, and cabarets and theatres nationwide. She is a contributing composer/lyricist to the new generation of The AIDS Quilt Songbook. Residencies include Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Yaddo, and Brush Creek Arts. Rachel is the recipient of Anna Sosenko Assist Trust and multiple ASCAPlus awards, and a proud alumna of New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, American Opera Projects' Composers and the Voice, and the John Duffy Composers Institute. Rachel holds a double B.A. from Brandeis University and an MFA from New York University.

Complete CV available upon request.