DAVID SHENTON composer
David Shenton is an English pianist, violinist, composer, and arranger based in New York City. As pianist/music director David has worked with musicians in all genres, from Vanessa Williams and Tony Bennett, to Sierra Boggess and Denyce Graves, Renée Fleming and Sherrill Milnes, Michael Feinstein and Sir André Previn, to Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz.
Composing since the age of 9, David has written hundreds of pieces from symphony to jazz violin concerto, ballet and film score. Career highlights include conducting his orchestra/big band at Carnegie Hall in 2014; Jazz @ Lincoln Center Rose Theater as a jazz pianist in 2008; classical piano at Lincoln Center's Rubenstein Atrium for the 200th anniversary Schumann and Chopin celebration. Music for the Center’s 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and, as a member of O Sole Trio, the Center’s history of Italian popular music.
A prolific arranger, David has worked for Abbey Road & CTS Studios (London), on Hollywood movies, West End & Broadway shows. With lyricist Martin Charnin (Annie). David has co-created more than a dozen reviews/shows. He arranged/orchestrated for the long-running West End production of Howard Blake's The Snowman, as well as the new musical Robin Hood: The Untold Story, and for Opus X and trumpeter Chris Botti. He has composed numerous art songs for Bellissima Opera and collaborated on Six Songs for Soprano with Christine Steyer.
Currently, he is working on Bellissima Opera’s The Transcendence Triptych - 3 New Operas Exploring Our Shared Humanity. An honored graduate of the Royal College of Music, he teaches, coaches and accompanies extensively at NYU, The New School, and The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, St. Thomas Choir School, and Grace Church School. He is composer-in-residence for the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. His recordings include the acclaimed solo piano CD, Sunnyside Blues.
CHRISTINE STEYER librettist/ creator
The soprano has distinguished herself as an artist of great versatility. In addition to being the recent recipient of seven national performance awards including the American Prize Chicago Oratorio and Opera Award and Johnny Mercer Award, Steyer has received acclaim for her portrayals of the title role in Madama Butterfly and Violetta in La Traviata. Since 2000, she has sung as a chorister and in several small roles in over 40 productions at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
A frequent recitalist, Steyer sang several concerts of Russian and American music with pianist Philip Morehead and concerts of Spanish music with guitarist Brandon Acker. Steyer seeks many innovative ways to keep classical vocal music relevant in today's world.
As a proponent of new works, she collaborated with numerous poets and musicians to publish Six Songs for Soprano and is currently collaborating with pianist composer Jean-Claude Orfali on a book of original cabaret songs.
As a music advocate, Steyer has brought classical music to 23,000 youth in underserved areas with Bellissima Opera Outreach, an organization that she founded. Additionally, Steyer is the President of the new arts alliance, Working In Concert as well as the Artistic Director of one of its major initiatives: Bellissima Opera, the primary goal of which is the realization of Tales of Transcendence–New Operas for Today. In December 2019 she was featured on WFMT’s program Music Notes: Music of Healing and Peace singing the aria “Red is a Trick” from one of these new operas, Future Perfect.
Steyer just returned from a UK Tour of the musical Persuasion with Chamber Opera Chicago, a concerts in France with The Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion, and the Schubert Festival at Unity Temple, where Steyer shared the stage with Lawrence Brownlee. Steyer teaches voice privately in Oak Park and is an adjunct faculty member at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois.