Sundance 2020 Composer Spotlight: Elliot Goldenthal
Film: The Glorias
Elliot Goldenthal received an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for his score for Frida and Oscar nominations for his music for Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire and Michael Collins. Also notable among his more than 30 film scores are Michael Mann’s Public Enemies and Heat, Neil Jordan’s The Butcher Boy and Julie Taymor’s The Tempest, Across the Universe and Titus. He has received two Golden Globe nominations, three Grammy Award nominations and the ASCAP Founders Award.
Most recently, Goldenthal composed the symphonic adagio, "October Light" for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in December of 2019 as well as the premiere and tour of his Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra. He just completed scoring The Glorias, directed by Julie Taymor, which will premiere at Sundance in January of 2020.
Goldenthal has composed music for more than a dozen theatrical productions including Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass which received five Tony nominations including Best Musical, and Original Musical Score for Goldenthal, as well as an Obie Award Off-Broadway for Goldenthal, and four Drama Desk nominations. His other theatrical credits include The Transposed Heads, The Green Bird, The King Stag, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Grounded, and Broadway’s M Butterfly.
Goldenthal’s original opera Grendel premiered at the LA Opera and had its east coast debut as the centerpiece of the Lincoln Center Festival. Goldenthal was named one of the two finalists for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in music for his work on Grendel.
Goldenthal’s large-scale symphonic piece, Fire Water Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio, was commissioned by the Pacific Symphony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. It was released in 1996 on Sony Classical Records and featured soloist Yo-Yo Ma. Goldenthal was also commissioned by the American Ballet Theatre to compose a ballet of Othello, which debuted at the Metropolitan Opera.