Eric Salzman: Composer, Author, Music Theater Innovator


20 Years of Cutting Edge Concerts

Victoria Bond’s review of the twenty years of her Cutting Edge Concerts on New Music Box <> includes a nice paragraph on her performance of “The True Last Words of Dutch Schultz” with Theo Bleckman (who originated the role in Europe) and directed by Valeria Vasilevski (who put the libretto together out of Dutch Schultz’s actual last words and directed the original European touring production). Victoria also directed the Symphony Space production with Dirk Weiler (directed by Grethe Holby) which was a feature of the 2007 Wall-to-Wall Opera Marathon.

Date Posted // April 25, 2017
In Categories // Music Theater, Projects, The True Last Words of Dutch Schultz, Works and Productions

Premiere of Salzman’s Suite from The True Last Words of Dutch Schultz

On Sunday, May 15th at 3:00pm, Eric Salzman’s Suite from The True Last Words of Dutch Schultz for violin, piano, drums, and bass marimba, will premiere at the Southampton Cultural Center with violinist Marc Levine, pianist Gloria Shih, and percussionist Dylan Benson. The program, consisting of music by composers from the East End of Long Island, will also include works by Victoria Bond, Bruce Wolosoff and Steven Dickman.

The Southampton Cultural Center is located at 25 Pond Lane (opposite Agawam Park and Lake), Southampton, New York. View Map.

The Suite is drawn from the score written for the music-theater work with a text by Valeria Vasilevski. The work premiered in 1999 in the Netherlands and toured with Theo Bleckmann playing the title role, in a production directed by Ms Vasilevski. The American concert premiere, also with Theo Bleckmann, was directed by Victoria Bond at one of her Cutting Edge Concerts at Greenwich House in 2001. The American stage premiere, in a Center for Contemporary Opera production directed by Grethe Barrett Holby, with Dirk Weiler in the lead and Ms Bond conducting, was a featured work in the 2007 Wall-to-Wall Opera at Symphony Space. Read the review from New Music Connoisseur.

Date Posted // April 22, 2010
In Categories // Events, News, The True Last Words of Dutch Schultz, Works and Productions

Report on the CCO Colloquium and Salzman’s Radio Interview on WBAI

The Center for Contemporary Opera held a public panel or colloquium event on the subject of The New Music Theater in December at The Cell Theater in Manhattan with Eric Salzman, Thomas Desi and several distinguished colleagues—Rinde Eckert, Steven Osgood, Diane Wondisford and Grethe Barrett Holby. Salzman visited Vienna in mid-January and a similar panel was held at the Kunstlerhaus (Artist House) there with Thomas, the Italian composer Maurizio Squillante and Laura Berman of the artistic staff of the Bregenz Festival. Salzman also did a program on his own music theater work—with special emphasis on The Nude Paper Sermon, The True Last Words of Dutch Schultz, and Jukebox in the Tavern of Love—at the University two days later.

Also in December, the program Through the Opera Glass, hosted by Marc Laiosa on WBAI-FM, held an extended, three-hour interview with Salzman about his life and work, complete with generous musical excerpts (Salzman spent a couple of crucial periods of his life as music director of WBAI where he founded the legendary Free Music Store).