SFOpera - Mark Grey

Mark Grey

(San Francisco, California)

2017-18 Season: Sound Designer for Girls of the Golden West

Over two decades as a sound designer, relationships have led Mark Grey to work closely with such artists and organizations as John Adams, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers, Peter Eötvös, Kronos Quartet, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, and many others. At San Francisco Opera, Grey worked on the 2005 world premiere of Adams' Doctor Atomic, as well as the world premiere of Stewart Wallace's The Bonesetter's Daughter in 2008 and the 2012 presentation of Adams' Nixon in China. Grey made history as the first sound designer for the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall (On the Transmigration of Souls, 2002) and the Metropolitan Opera (Doctor Atomic, 2008; Nixon in China, 2011; Death of Klinghoffer, 2014; The Merry Widow, 2015; Bluebeard’s Castle/Iolanta, 2015; L’Amour de Loin, 2016). His sound design creations have been seen and heard throughout most major concert halls, HD simulcast theaters, and opera houses worldwide.

As a composer, Grey's solo, ensemble, and orchestra music has been performed in many venues, including the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Barbican Centre in London, Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, Philharmonie Hall in Warsaw, UNESCO Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Disney Hall and Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Atlanta Symphony Hall, as well as at the Ravinia, Cabrillo, OtherMinds, Perth International, Great Lakes, and Spoleto festivals. In 2016, his opera Frankenstein debuted at the National Opera of Belgium, La Monnaie. A 35-minute symphonic version of the opera has been commissioned and premiered by the Atlanta Symphony and co-commissioned by the Berkeley Symphony.