Composer Daniel Asia and librettist Paul Pines have been working collaboratively since they met thirty years ago at the MacDowell Colony, in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Asia has set numerous Pines’ poems in works that range from pieces for piano, chamber ensembles and orchestra, to his 5th Symphony that was premiered in November 2008 by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Over the years they discussed collaborating on an opera, and decided on this project based on Pines’ novel, The Tin Angel (Wm. Morrow, 1983). The novel received rave notices: “The drug/jazz world of New York’s East Village has seldom been rendered more honestly or graphically…” said Publishers Weekly; The New York Times Sunday Book Review stated, “…this swift tale of murder and revenge rattles along stylishly and fulfills all our expectations for high-grade suspense.” Asia has been the recipient of prestigious prizes including a United Kingdom Fulbright Arts Award Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, four NEA Composers Grants, and most recently a Music Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Asia’s music has been widely praised: “…a sensuous approach to sound and a generous exploitation of instruments -- that makes orchestras want to schedule such music and listeners pay to hear it.” New York Times; “Asia’s stated determination that music is capable of conveying life’s big meaning comes across lovingly—and rightly—here”. Audiophile Audition; “…some of the most beautifully written and intensely moving music you are apt to hear. Asia is a major American talent.” Fanfare Magazine; “Asia is a compositional comet.” Arizona Daily Star


Listen to a sample of the music and styling of the opera.


The Tin Angel Opera Promo
Center for Contemporary Opera, April 2011