A new melding of film and opera.
Company
New Mercury Collective
Daron Hagen is a composer, author, and director. His music is performed worldwide, from the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art (formerly Ullens Center) in Beijing to the Louvre in Paris, the South Bank in London to Lincoln Center in New York City, and from Suntory Hall in Tokyo to McCaw Hall in Seattle. Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Opera, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others, his catalogue includes eleven operas, five symphonies, twelve concertos, dozens of instrumental works, film scores, and over 300 art songs and cycles.
His 2020 Operafilm Orson Rehearsed, released on Naxos Records in March 2021, is presently garnering laurels at film festivals worldwide. For his filmmaking debut, Hagen wrote the libretto/script and score (both acoustic and electro-acoustic), stage (and film) directed, shot the film for the movies-within-the-film and staged opera, wrote the screenplay, edited the film, and mixed the soundtrack.
His memoir, Duet With the Past, was published in 2019 by McFarland. As a stage director, he has mounted new productions of his own works for the Kentucky Opera, Skylight Music Theater, and the Buffalo Philharmonic, among others. As a conductor he has led world premiere recordings of several of his operas; he has appeared on four discs as a collaborative pianist for his art songs.
A Lifetime Member of the Corporation of Yaddo, Hagen has served as president of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and as artistic director and head of faculty of the Seasons Music Festival Academy in Washington. Twice a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at Bellagio, he has received the Guggenheim Fellowship, Kennedy Center Friedheim Award, ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize, Barlow Endowment, and Columbia University Bearns Prize; he is also the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Academy Award for “the artist who has achieved his singular voice.” Currently a member of the artist faculty of the Chicago College of the Performing Arts and the Wintergreen Music Festival, he has taught at Bard College, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Princeton Atelier.
Born in 1961 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and trained at UW-Madison, Curtis, and at the Juilliard School, Hagen’s music is recorded on Sony Classical, Naxos, Albany, CRI, Arsis, Klavier, Affetto, Sierra Classical, Bridge, and other labels. His stage direction, readings, and media scoring agent is Scott Levine; and his music is published and / or licensed by Peermusic Classical, Burning Sled, Carl Fischer, and E.C. Schirmer. A Manhattanite for 28 years, he and his wife, composer Gilda Lyons, moved Upstate in 2011 to raise their sons.
  • Writer (1 Credit)
    Orson Rehearsed2020
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature, Music Video, Other
  • Director (1 Credit)
    Orson Rehearsed2020
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature, Music Video, Other
  • Author (1 Credit)
    Orson Rehearsed2020
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature, Music Video, Other
Best Composer
Orson Rehearsed
Toronto Film Channel Awards
Toronto
2021
Best Original Music; Best Editor
Orson Rehearsed
American Golden Picture Film Festival
Jacksonville, FL
2021
Official Selection
Orson Rehearsed
Sydney Indie Short Festival
Sydney
2021
Finalist: Best Film Score
Orson Rehearsed
Seoul International Short Film Festival
Seoul
2021
Best Art Film
Orson Rehearsed
Atlanta Award-Qualifying Film Festival
Atlanta, GA
2021
Finalist
Orson Rehearsed
Prague International Monthly Film Festival
Prague
2021
Best Musical Score
Orson Rehearsed
The Oaks International Film Festival
Agoura, Ca
2021
Best Director
Orson Rehearsed
New York Independent Cinema Awards
New York, NY
2021
Official Selection
Orson Rehearsed
Crown Wood International Film Festival
Kolkata, West Bengal
2021
Best Original Score
Orson Rehearsed
Global Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA
2021
Silver Medal for Best Original Score / Soundtrack
Orson Rehearsed
Global Music Awards
La Jolla, CA
2021
Best Experimental Feature
Orson Rehearsed
Blue Ridge Film Festival
Blue Ridge, GA
2021
Special Mention: Feature Film
Orson Rehearsed
Madras Independent Film Festival
Chennai
2020
Best Composer; Best Director; Best Poster Art; Best Music Video Concept; Best Music Track; Best Musical Performance; Best Score
Orson Rehearsed
Los Angeles Motion Picture Festival
Malibu, CA
2020
Best Score; Best Musical / Dance Film
Orson Rehearsed
Los Angeles Film Awards
Los Angeles, CA
2020
Finalist, Best Live-Recorded Theatre Film
Orson Rehearsed
Lonely Wolf London International Film Festival
London
2020
Best Director & Best Film Soundtrack
Orson Rehearsed
Logcinema Music Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA
2020
Best Postmodern Film
Orson Rehearsed
Golden Valley Global Cinefest
West Bengal
2020
Best Musical Feature
Orson Rehearsed
After Hour Film Festival, Season 3
Online Festival
2020
Best Composer
Orson Rehearsed
Montreal Independent Film Festival
Montreal
2020
Best Film Score
Orson Rehearsed
New Wave Short Film Festival
Munich
2020
Honorable Mention: Best Film Score
Orson Rehearsed
Tokyo International Short Film Festival
Tokyo
2020
Best Composer
Orson Rehearsed
LA Indies
Los Angeles, CA
2020
Official Selection
Orson Rehearsed
Milan Gold Awards
Milan
2020
Best U.S. and International Composer
Orson Rehearsed
Chicago Indie Film Awards
Chicago, IL
Official Selection: Best Director
Orson Rehearsed
5th Rosarito International Film Festival
Baja, California
College
The Juilliard School
College
The Curtis Institute of Music
A new melding of film and opera.
Company
New Mercury Collective