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Gordon is a composer of song, opera,
musical theater and film scores. His works for the theater include Autumn
Valentine (1992), States Of Independence (1993), Stonewall/
Night Variations (1994), Only Heaven (1995), The
Tibetan Book Of The Dead (1996), Dream True (1999), and My
Life With Albertine (2003).
His collaboration with choreographer Sean Curran, Art
Song Dance, premiered
at The Joyce Theater in New York in June 2005, and in October his song
cycle Orpheus and Euridice premiered at Lincoln Center. His
songs have been commissioned, sung and recorded by opera and musical
theater singers alike, including Renee Fleming, Dawn Upshaw and Audra
McDonald. He's currently at work on an opera of The
Grapes Of Wrath with Michael Korie.
I interviewed Ricky in his Manhattan home in 2005.