Griffin Candey (b. 1988) is an American opera and theatre composer whose work performers praise for its "prosody that showcases both the words and the singers," its "intuitive rhythm," and its "lyricism and emotional depth."
Recently named Composer-in-Residence at Cleveland Opera Theatre, Candey's energies are squarely aimed at the operatic
stage and its changing place in the world of theater. His first opera,Sweets by Kate – described as "hilarious and moving," "a piece with charming and elaborate complexity," and "a meaningful and beautiful work of art" – was chosen for the 2017 line-up of Fort Worth Opera's Frontiers Festival and was listed by Operawire as One of the Ten Must-See Operas of the 2017 Summer Season. The comic chamber work, commissioned and premiered by the Midwest Institute of Opera in July 2015, subsequently saw productions at Boston University's 2017 Fringe Fest, at Marble City Opera of Knoxville, TN (May 2016) and with NYC's OperaRox Productions at the historic Stonewall Inn (July 2017.) More recently, his comic Follow Suit — a two-hander romp that makes fun of wedding traditions, with libretto by Knoxville's Emily Anderson — premiered at Marble City Opera to sold out audiences.
2019 and 2020 will see the premieres of his latest stage works — an adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca's all-female The House of Bernarda Alba for Cleveland Opera Theater, his new Fox Songs, co-premiering on recitals in Cleveland and Washington D.C. with sopranos Ann Moss and Alex Nowakowski, and his String Quartet No. 1, premiering at a newly-formed festival at Michigan Tech University. Premieres also include a commissioned Edna St. Vincent Millay setting forJocelyn Zelasko and her newly-formed ensemble, Juxtatonal, and a story ballet (East of the Sun, West of the Moon) for Northern Michigan University's Department of Theatre and Dance, with choreographer Jill Grundstrom.