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Artist website: http://www.blushopera.com/
Paul Smith is a lecturer in music at the University of New England where he teaches composition and music theory. He holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from Western Sydney University where his research focused on music's connection with visual art forms, specifically Japanese anime. Originally from the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Paul studied piano and classical voice while completing a Bachelor of music at Western Sydney University. In 2011, he was a young artist with Pacific Opera and began working with many Sydney ensembles as a singer before completing his doctorate in composition in 2014.
Many of Paul's compositions explore music's potential connection with other art forms and as a result his pieces are often accompanied by other works of art, including animation, theatre or poetry. He also specialises in composing opera and is the co-artistic director for Sydney-based group Blush Opera. His works for theatre include the chamber operas Fancy Me Dead, first performed as part of the New Music Network Mini Series in 2015, and The Spider Maiden and the Runaway Plum Blossom, commissioned by Chamber.Sounds and premiered in Singapore in 2016. He also composed and performed a piano score for a collaborative theatre work, Frankenstein, at the Q in Penrith in October, 2016. He is currently composing a new work in development - Chop Chef: The Opera - with librettist Julie Koh, workshopped throughout 2017.
Paul's instrumental compositions include numerous pieces for keyboard. He has collaborated regularly with Italian pianist and toy pianist, Antonietta Lofreddo, who has performed his work in Australia and Italy. She has released his pieces on three albums with Wirripang. She most recently performed the piece Holding Masks at the Associazione Carducci in Como in May 2017.
His published research explores music and Japanese visual culture and can be found in the volumes Manga-Vision (2016, Monash University Press) and Music's Immanent Future (2016, Ashgate Publishing).
Paul Smith — current to August 2017
||Billy's Swan : electroacoustic (2017)||Commissioned by animator Todd Fuller|
|The Spider Maiden and the Runaway Plum Blossom (chamber opera) (2016)||This work was commissioned by Singapore-based Chamber.Sounds|
|Fancy Me Dead : a chamber opera in one act (2015)||Commissioned in part by the New Music Network|