Odyssey: Creative Team


Ben Moore, Composer

The music of American composer Ben Moore has been performed by many leading singers including Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, Lawrence Brownlee, Nathan Gunn and Audra McDonald. His work has been called “brilliant” and “gorgeously lyrical” by the New York Times while Opera News has praised the “easy tunefulness” and “romantic sweep” of his songs. In addition to Odyssey, he has composed two operas: Enemies, a Love Story for Palm Beach Opera in 2015, to appear at Kentucky Opera in 2018, and youth opera Robin Hood for the 2017 Glimmerglass Festival, to appear at Seattle Opera in 2018. He is also a composer of art songs, musical theatre, cabaret, and other genres, and his music has been heard at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera and Wigmore Hall in London.  Next year Ben’s song cycle “Ode to a Nightingale” will be heard at Alice Tully Hall and his choral work “The Wave Rises,” will premiere in a concert by the New Amsterdam Singers. For more information, visit mooreart.com.


Kelley Rourke, Librettist

Kelley Rourke is a librettist, translator, and dramaturg. She has written librettos for three operas for young people: Wilde Tales, with composer Laura Karpman, and Odyssey and Robin Hood, both with composer Ben Moore. Collaborations with composer John Glover include Lucy, Natural Systems, and Guns N’ Rosenkavalier. Kelley’s work has been commissioned and performed by English National Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Scottish Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, among others. She is the resident dramaturg for The Glimmerglass Festival and Washington National Opera. Current projects include a new English adaptation of The Cunning Little Vixen for The Glimmerglass Festival and original works, with John Glover, for On Site Opera (NYC) and Milwaukee Opera Theatre.


Lindsey Samples, Stage Director

Lindsey C. Samples is an actor, director and educator having worked with many theater companies, schools, and organizations including Children’s Theatre Company, The Guthrie, Stages Theatre Company, Upstream Arts, Theatre Forever, 20% Theatre Company, Steppingstone Theatre, Savage Umbrella, Off-Leash Area Performance Works, and Mad Munchkin Productions. She holds a B.A. in Theater from Loyola University Chicago and an M.Ed. in Youth Development Leadership from the University of Minnesota.


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