Portsmouth native earns top honors in opera composition contest
WINNING WAYS: Christopher Weiss, a Seacoast native and resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., was recognized by The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in New York in its international composition competition.
The winners included "In a Mirror, Darkly," with music by Weiss and a libretto by S. O'Duinn Magee. The honor comes with a $5,000 prize and the future production of an act or segment of the work.
Born in Portsmouth in 1980, Weiss primarily was raised in the Northeastern states. His paternal grandfather, a fisheries biologist in Missouri, was an amateur violin maker who enjoyed experimenting by constructing violins using unconventional woods. At the age of five, Weiss' grandfather presented him with a handmade, one quarter-size violin, and he began taking his first music lessons. At 12, Weiss taught himself to play the piano, and he developed an interest in composing during high school. He holds degrees from Rollins College and the Curtis Institute of Music.
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