MICHAEL ROTH is a composer whose work has been called "music one can imagine Charles Ives composing had he encountered beat poetry & rock and roll." His most recent work, his groundbreaking THE WEB OPERA is premiering online now at thewebopera.com.
MICHAEL ROTH is a composer, musician, sound designer, conductor, music director, arranger, orchestrator, and pianist who has created a body of work encompassing film music, chamber music, new and experimental opera and music/theatre, collaborations with Randy Newman, Tom Hanks, Christopher Plummer and many others, work for PBS and Disney, dance scores, and especially music and sound for theatre, having worked on over 250 productions at major theatres throughout North America, including Broadway, off-Broadway, as a resident artist at both South Coast Repertory (57 productions) and La Jolla Playhouse (35 productions) in California, and the Stratford Festival in Canada.
Recent projects include: with Tom Hanks as Falstaff, the recent HENRY IV in Los Angeles directed by Dan Sullivan; THE TEMPEST with Christopher Plummer, onstage and filmed, and Mr. Plummer's solo show A WORD OR TWO; the PBS documentary JEWS & BASEBALL, narrated by Dustin Hoffman; IMAGINATION DEAD IMAGINE, his chamber music-theatre treatment of the Samuel Beckett text, for string quartet, recorded voices, and laptop, recently premiered in LA, San Diego and Prague; two American premieres with Tom Stoppard; collaborating with Stacy Keach on PAMPLONA, his solo show as Hemingway; a new collaboration with Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig; and the piano sonatas FATS NOVEMBER, TUESDAY FOR TOY PIANO and SHEETCAKE. Michael received a Santa Monica Arts Commission Grant for his most recent major work, his acclaimed THE WEB OPERA, a groundbreaking new filmed opera premiering exclusively online at thewebopera.com.
Michael's many collaborations with Randy Newman as music director, orchestrator, arranger, and pianist, include musical direction for THE PRINCESS & THE FROG (Disney Animated Features), orchestrations for FAUST - recently revised for a concert presentation in New York - and editing five definitive anthologies for Alfred Music Publishing.
Michael has also collaborated with, among many others, Anne Bogart, Brian Dennehy, Des McAnuff, Richard Montoya & Culture Clash, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Peter Sellars, Daniel Sullivan, Thomas Kail, Mac Wellman, MacArthur Fellows Sarah Ruhl and Samuel Hunter, and as a pianist has accompanied singers from Alice Ripley to Madonna, Michael McKean, Marni Nixon, and Alicia Keyes. His music is also featured in Wearable Tech Insider.
Michael, a lecturer in sound design at the University of California, San Diego, is a founding board member and west coast rep of the THEATRICAL SOUND DESIGNERS & COMPOSERS ASSOCIATION and spokesperson for FINALE notation. He has composed for the UN and was a fellow at the 2011 Sundance Composers Lab and 2013 Baku Forum. Michael graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan and studied with William Bolcom. His work, including his chamber opera THEIR THOUGHT & BACK AGAIN, is available via iTunes and CDBaby.
UPCOMING SCREENING - April, 2021
The Web Opera
Soundwaves-Santa Monica Library New Music Series
Santa Monica, California
2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Web Opera
Kesari Movie Awards
2021
WINNER - BEST SHORT FILM, BEST MUSIC DIRECTION, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Web Opera
Global Monthly Film Competition
Los Angeles
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION - BEST EXPERIMENTAL
The Web Opera
Great Lakes Film Festival
Erie, Pennsylvania
2020
WINNER - BEST WEB SERIES
The Web Opera
Redwood Shorts & Scripts
Sunnyvale, California
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION - BEST SHORT FILMS
The Web Opera
Alexander Valley Film Festival
Cloverdale, California
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Web Opera
Cutting Edge International Film Festival
Pampano Beach, Florida
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION - ONLINE SCREENING
The Web Opera
Hollywood First-Time Filmmaker Showcase
Los Angeles
2020
WINNER - BEST WEB SERIES
The Web Opera
Moody Crab Film Fest
Punjab
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Web Opera
BLOW-UP International Arthouse FilmFest
Chicago
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION - ONLINE SCREENING
The Web Opera
Tokyo Lift Off Sessions
Tokyo
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION - SCREENING
The Web Opera
Los Angeles Experimental, Dance & Music Film Festival
Los Angeles, California
2020
WINNER - AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - ORIGINAL CONCEPT
The Web Opera
Short, Tight and Loose Global Film Festival Competition
Delaware
2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Web Opera
Independent Shorts Festival
Los Angeles
2019
WINNER - AWARD OF MERIT - HUMANITARIAN AWARD
The Web Opera
Best Shorts Competition
San Diego, California
2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Web Opera
International Shorts Film Festival
Southbank, Victoria
2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Web Opera
Indie Short Fest
Los Angeles, California
2019
SEMI-FINALIST - BEST WEB SERIES - OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Web Opera
Rome Independent Prisma Film Awards
Rome
2019
PREMIERE - LAUNCH EVENT SCREENING
The Web Opera
Red Hen Press - Hen House
Pasadena, California
2019
WINNER - AWARD OF MERIT
The Web Opera
One-Reeler Short Film Competition
Los Angeles, California
2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Web Opera
Web Series Festival Global
Los Angeles, California
2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION - ONLINE SCREENING
The Web Opera
The Lift Off Sessions
Pinewood Studios, Ivers, England
2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION - ONLINE SCREENING
The Web Opera
Lift-Off Global Network Online Festival
New York, New York
2019
HONORABLE MENTION
The Web Opera
Experimental Forum
Los Angeles, California
2019
WINNER - BEST MUSIC - ONLINE SCREENING
The Web Opera
IndieBOOM Festival
New York
2019
SEMI-FINALIST
The Web Opera
Los Angeles CineFest
Los Angeles, California
College
University of Michigan
Music and Theatre
College
San Diego State University
MFA
Birth City
Brooklyn, New York
Current City
Los Angeles and San Diego, CA
Hometown
Rockville Centre, New York
MICHAEL ROTH is a composer whose work has been called "music one can imagine Charles Ives composing had he encountered beat poetry & rock and roll." His most recent work, his groundbreaking THE WEB OPERA is premiering online now at thewebopera.com.