Eric Salzman: Composer, Author, Music Theater Innovator


a note from John Eaton

I just got this from composer John Eaton:
“I don’t know if I ever told you this; but the early opera that you and Michael did had a great influence on me in terms of making me realize that there could be a Pocket Opera Players and that I could let out my humorous rascally side a bit, as well as my immersion in jazz. For days after I heard it, ‘If it feels right do it!’ echoed in my head. Of course from the days we sat around Sessions seminar table together I’ve admired both your music and your thinking about it greatly.”

He’s talking about “Civilization & Its Discontents” — co-composed and co-written with Michael Sahl and recently reissued by Labor/Naxos <>!

Date Posted // February 28, 2013
In Categories // News

Brecht score in Montreal

“La bonne âme du Setchouan”, a French translation of Bertolt Brecht’s “Der Gute Mensch von Sezuan” with music by Eric Salzman, will have four performances on March 13, 14 and 15 at the Studio Charles-Valois, Collège Lionel-Groulx in Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, just outside of Montreal. The production is  directed by Antoine Laprise who originally commissioned the score for an earlier version with the Théâtre du Trident in Quebe City. Music from this score (including the Chanson de l’Opium) also appears in Salzman Brecht Suite which has been performed in New York, Southampton and Eastern Europe.

Date Posted // February 17, 2013
In Categories // News

“Big Jim” is a US Artists project

“Big Jim” has been selected as a US Artists project and the following has gone out over their logo:


UnitedStatesArtists is plugging for my most recent opera/music-theater piece “BIG JIM & THE SMALL-TIME INVESTORS” — libretto by Ned Jackson and myself, with a full musical score by me.

This piece is a major step forward for me and Ned and the help of US Artists is much appreciated — but we need your support. As some of you know, we had a very successful reading last spring at The Flea Theater in downtown NYC and, as a result, the work is scheduled for performance by the Center for Contemporary Opera next year. But this is a shoestring operation and we are way short of funds. The aim of US Artists is to help raise some of those funds and they have a great track record doing this with contributors from all over.

“Big Jim” is about an L.A. con man, a kind of televangist who is peddling a virtual reality scheme that purports to let its viewers imagine that their wildest fantasies have come true. It is a mixture of innovative and popular elements in the script, score and staging that are both amusing and scary…not to mention timely.

I’m sharing this project at this stage of development because I’m trying to raise $12-$15,000 in order to finish up the composition, make the necessary revisions, orchestrate, and meet various other costs connected with printing, copying and setting up auditions — virtually all expenses that fall on me. If you can support this project with a donation, in any capacity or amount, we can make “Big Jim” a reality! Shoring this project with others and sending me your thoughts are also very valuable ways to show your support.

Want to learn more? If you go to you can find lots of information about “BIG JIM” (including a talking head video in which the talking head is me). And, most importantly, information on how to help!

US Artists is a wonderful non-profit whose aim is to help artists create or complete major projects. It was founded by Ford, Rockefeller, Rasmuson and Prudential Foundations and has supported the work of individual artists since 2005. Donating through USA’s micro-philanthropy initiative, USA Projects, supports the work of accomplished artists all across American and is tax deductible. The great thing about this is that it is directly plugged into the creators; this is an organization with an excellent record helping artists raise the funds that are so desperately needed these days! It’s a great way to help art in America grow!

If this is irrelevant to you, just hit the delete button. Otherwise let me know what you think. Whatever you can do (including any suggestions you might have) will be much appreciated!



Date Posted // February 11, 2013
In Categories // Big Jim and the Small-Time Investors, Music Theater, News, Works and Productions

La Bonne Ame de Setchouan in Montreal with Salzman score

Antoine Laprise is rehearsing a new version of his production of “La Bonne Ame de Setchouan” (“The Good Woman of Szechuan” by Bertolt Brecht) with my music. The production is scheduled for Montreal in mid-March. The score was originally written and performed for a production by the Theatre du Trident in Quebec City in 2002-03.

Date Posted // February 02, 2013
In Categories // Events, La Bonne Ame de Setchouan, Music Theater, News, Works and Productions