J. D. McClatchy

J. D. McClatchy is the author of nineteen opera libretti, most notably for Schuman’s A Question of Taste (Glimmerglass Opera); Saylor’s Orpheus Descending (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Picker’s Emmeline (Santa Fe Opera); Maazel’s 1984, co-written with Thomas Meehan (the Royal Opera, Covent Garden); Goldenthal’s Grendel, co-written with Julie Taymor (Los Angeles Opera); Rorem’s Our Town; Liebermann’s Miss Lonelyhearts (the Juilliard School); and Dellaira’s The Secret Agent (Center for Contemporary Opera). Recent projects include Hagen’s Little Nemo in Slumberland, commissioned by Sarasota Opera, and Tesori’s The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me for Washington National Opera. His work has been performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Milan’s La Scala, New York City Opera, and the Sydney Opera House. McClatchy is also the author of eight collections of poems, including Hazmat, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and the forthcoming Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems (Knopf). He has taught at Princeton, Columbia, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, and other universities, and he is currently professor of English at Yale, where for twenty-five years he has also edited The Yale Review. The author has served as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and as president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.