CLINT JOSEPH BORZONI’s “highly original yet lyrical music…[and] natural gift for melody and harmonic structure” (The Huffington Post) has resulted in international performances and premieres. He has written over one hundred pieces, including three full-length operas, two one-act operas, a piano concerto, percussion quartet, work for orchestra, two string quartets, several works for chamber orchestra and over sixty art songs. Additionally, he was the composer for the musical My Life as a Bald Soprano, which had an Off-Broadway run at the Midtown International Theater Festival.
Operatic works include Margot Alone in the Light, an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s story All Summer in a Day (premiered at the Gershwin Hotel by operamission and received a subsequent production during Opera Grows in Brooklyn, by Opera On Tap); and Antinous and Hadrian, originally conceived of in the American Opera Projects Composer and the Voice Series and later commissioned by operamission. He has collaborated with librettist John de los Santos on the opera When Adonis Calls, constructed from the poetry of Gavin Geoffrey Dillard, which was a winner in the Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers competition in 2015 and was featured during Opera America’s New Works Forum in 2017. His new opera with de los Santos, The Copper Queen, was chosen as the winner of Arizona Opera’s inaugural commission program, Arizona Spark, and excerpts were performed at the ALT Alumni Concert at the Morgan Library & Museum in April of 2017.
Mr. Borzoni has composed songs and song cycles for many leading vocalists, and recently had several premiered by the Merola Opera Program. He was the featured composer in the Expositions :: SLC concert series, which included a full evening of his vocal music. The songs written for Randal Turner’s CD, Living American Composers, were performed during the 9/11 tribute at the U.S. embassy in Switzerland, and the Guildhall School of Music in London. Borzoni’s music has also been presented by the Bay View Music Festival, Glimmerglass Festival, Wintergreen Festiva, St Martin-in-the-Fields, La MaMA, New York Youth Symphony, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Mannes School of Music, University of Delaware, Arizona State University, Elon University, Luther College, Missisipi State University, Take Two Film Festival, and the Miami Short Film Festival.
He joined American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program as a resident artist in 2009. Borzoni’s honors include the Morton Feldman Award, the Boston Metro Opera Festival Award, an associate producer credit for Patricia Racette’s CD, Diva on Detourand, and he was the winner of operamission’s cabaret song competition. He has recently been commissioned by Arizona Opera, the Delaware Art Museum, the Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band, and the Foundation for the Advancement of Baritones.
Mr. Borzoni is the current Composer-in-Residence for Musica Marin, a nonprofit organization that presents, supports and inspires classical music in Marin and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici at the City University of New York where he received an MA in Music Composition. He lives and works as a composer and teacher in New York City.