Film and Commercial Music

David T. Little is best known for his work in live stage, theater and orchestral music. Initially inspired to compose through his love of film music, Little found his earliest success in the New York City classical music scene, where his “knack for overturning musical conventions” (The New York Times) established him as “one of the most imaginative young composers” on the scene (The New Yorker). Several of Little’s celebrated operas have been adapted as films by top US opera companies, including the widely acclaimed Soldier Songs (Opera Philadelphia) Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera (Houston Grand Opera) and the upcoming Black Lodge, which will premiere in late 2021, directed by Michael McQuilken, and starring Timur Bekbosunov.

Little has been commissioned by the world’s most prestigious institutions and performers, including the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater new works program, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and the Kronos Quartet. His music has been presented by LA Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Opéra de Montréal, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the LA Philharmonic. From 2014 to 2017, Little was composer-in-residence with Opera Philadelphia and Music-Theatre Group. He is published by Boosey & Hawkes, a Concord company.


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Soldier Songs, music and lyrics by David T. Little
Directed by and starring Johnathan McCullough
Produced by James Darrah for the Opera Philadelphia Channel

Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera, music by David T. Little, lyrics by Royce Vavrek
Directed by Ryan McKinny and E. Loren Meeker for Houston Grand Opera / MarqueeTV