Tony Asaro

librettist

Shinji Eshima       

composer   

Cori Ellison

dramaturg

Peter W. Davis  

producer

Sara Nealy

development consultant

Tony received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University in 1998 in Theatre and Music, and later received his Masters Degree in Musical Theatre Writing from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. In 2008, he was honored with the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Award for songwriting. In 2011, he was a Resident Artist in American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program.

An accomplished librettist, Tony has received commissions from choirs and opera companies to pen libretti for multiple operas and oratorios.  His oratorio Such Beautiful Things, written with composer Jeff Parola, was commissioned by Choral Chameleon  of New York City, and performed by them in 2010.  His opera All Wounds Bleed, written with composer Chris Cerrone, was presented in Opera America’s New Works Forum in 2012, and received its world premiere at Tulsa Opera in 2013. Tony was commissioned by American Lyric Theatre to write the libretto for a family opera adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree with composer Theo Popov.  Theo and Tony are also currently working on a chamber opera adaptation of the short story “City of Specters” by Bandi, a North Korean writer of dissident fiction.

Tony is also co-founder and Artistic Director of FOGG Theatre in San Francisco. For FOGG, Tony has written scores for The Cable Car Nymphomaniac, and the children’s show, Flocked Together: The Green Parrots of Telegraph Hill.