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Cecilia Livingston

Cecilia Livingston

Adjunct Assistant Professor


With her melody-first approach and her lyrical fusion of styles from minimalism to jazz, Canadian composer Cecilia Livingston has emerged as a leading figure of new music for the voice. She is composer-in-residence at Glyndebourne Opera, a position that builds upon her two-year fellowship at The American Opera Project in New York. Her opera Terror & Erebus earned Livingston the Canadian Music Centre Emerging Composer Award (2018), and her recently debuted Singing Only Softly was a 2020 Dora Mavor Moore Awards nominee for Outstanding New Opera. She is a recipient of the Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes for women opera composers (2018), a finalist for the Ontario Arts Foundation’s Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize (2019), and a nominee for the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award (2020). Her harp and vibraphone duo, Garden, is featured on Angela Schwarzkopf’s detach, the 2020 JUNO Award Winner for Classical Album of the Year.

In addition to performances by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and the Kingston Symphony, Ms. Livingston’s music is programmed across Canada and internationally, notably with Glyndebourne Opera Tour, Tapestry Opera, Soundstreams, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Nuit Blanche, Fashion Art Toronto, the Canadian Art Song Project, and the Royal Conservatory of Music’s 21C Festival. Upcoming projects include Pay the Piper for Glyndebourne Youth Opera, and a song cycle for Women on the Verge with Orange Prize winning poet Anne Michaels.

Ms. Livingston holds a doctorate in composition from the University of Toronto, and she was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow in Music at King’s College London (2019-21). Currently Vice-President of the Canadian League of Composers and a member of the Ontario Regional Council of the Canadian Music Centre, Ms. Livingston has published on contemporary opera with The Opera Quarterly (Oxford), Cambridge Opera Journal, and Tempo (Cambridge). Future publications are forthcoming with Opera in Flux (U. Michigan Press) and The Cambridge Companion to Composition.

Cecilia is represented by Stratagem Artist Management in New York.


Photo by Daniel Alexander Denino