21st Century Opera and Musical Theatre


Hilliard and BoresiPeter Hilliard (composer) (ASCAP) and Matt Boresi (book/lyrics) “specialize in high antics of the comic musical” (DC Theatre Scene), comic opera, and art song.

Checkout the "upcoming" page for information on their March World Premiere, "Blue Viola" at UrbanArias in Washington DC, currently being workshopped at DC's legendary Arena Stage as part of the Kogod Cradle Series.

Their chamber opera
The Filthy Habit was performed with newly commissioned orchestrations by UrbanArias in Washington, DC, and featured Metropolitan Opera soprano Jennifer Aylmer. (“An uproarious farce!” – DC City Paper) Filthy was performed previously as part of “An Opera Grows in Brooklyn” by American Opera Projects/Opera on Tap, and has been performed at the OPERA America National convention, the National Opera Association National convention and Manhattan Opera Theatre.

Other works by Hilliard and Boresi includes two productions in the New York Musical Theatre Festival: Going Down Swingin’, a jazzy 1950’s take on Don Giovanni (“One of the festival’s most inventive musicals and one of it’s most successful” - Variety. “Subtle and insightful… a thoroughly scrumptious affair” - Backstage. “The best show of the festival… it works perfectly” - Broadway Bullet. NYMF Award for Best Ensemble), and Don Imbroglio - An Opera You Can't Refuse, a modern day opera buffa workshopped at both New York University and the Lark Play Development Center.

Hilliard and Boresi’s work was performed by Tony nominee Christiane Noll as part of the York Theatre’s NEO Festival, and they have been featured twice by New York Theatre Barn at the D-Lounge. They created the opera-bouffe The Brazilian (Alliance Francaise New York), the puppet review Eat Your Greens: Verdi by Vegetables (Dixon Place, Open Circle Arts, Great Small Works), and the performance piece The Staten Island Grand Operas Administrative Intern Presents: Tosca. Their choral work, Consider Krakatau was commissioned and performed by the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Choir, Anna Crusis Choir, and Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and their Cell Phone Madrigals and Farmball Songs (a song cycle for baritone), have received numerous performances across the US. 

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