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 Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers competition (2015) and was featured during Opera America’s New Works Forum (2017). His new opera with de los Santos, The Copper Queen, was the winner of Arizona Opera’s commission program, Arizona Spark, and is currently being further developed by Arizona Opera. Excerpts were recently performed at the American Lyric Theater’s Alumni Concert at the Morgan Library & Museum, and a third workshop is slated for April of 2018 at Opera America. Other operatic works include Margot Alone in the Light, an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s story All Summer in a Day (premiered by operamission (2009) and subsequently produced 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.
Mr. Borzoni has composed songs and song cycles for many leading vocalists, and recently had several premiered by the Merola Opera Program. The songs commissioned for Randal Turner’s CD Living American Composers, were performed during the 9/11 tribute at the U.S. embassy in Switzerland. He was a winner of operamission’s cabaret song competition, and Sparks & Wiry Cries Second annual NYC songSLAM. Borzoni’s additional honors include the Morton Feldman Award, the Boston Metro Opera Festival Award, an artist residency with the American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program (2009), an associate producer credit for Patricia Racette’s CD Diva on Detour, and an Off-Broadway run at the Midtown International Theater Festival for his musical My Life as a Bald Soprano.
Borzoni’s music has been presented by the Glimmerglass Festival, Bay View Music Festival, Wintergreen Festival, Summer Street Festival, Take Two Film Festival, Miami Short Film Festival, St Martin-in-the-Fields, La MaMA, Symphony Space, Laurie Beechman Theatre, Opera Grows in Brooklyn, Asheville Lyric Opera, New York Youth Symphony, Expositions :: SLC concert series, The Walt Whitman Project, Brooklyn College Orchestra, Anthology Film Archives, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Guildhall School of Music, Mannes School of Music, University of North Texas, University of Delaware, Arizona State University, Elon University, Luther College, and Missisipi State University. He has recently been commissioned by Arizona Opera, the Delaware Art Museum, the Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band, the Gavin Dillard Poetry Library & Archive, 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.