Toronto composer James Rolfe (b. Ottawa, 1961) writes for chamber ensemble, orchestra, choir, and the stage. He has been commissioned and performed by ensembles in Canada, the USA, Europe, and New Zealand. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000, the K. M. Hunter Music Award in 2003, the 2005 Louis Applebaum Composer Award, and the 2006 Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music.
Mr. Rolfe’s first opera Beatrice Chancy was produced between 1998 and 2001 in Toronto, Dartmouth, and Edmonton by The Queen of Puddings Music Theatre Company. In 2009 the same company premiered Inês, which was nominated for a Dora Award. The children’s opera Elijah’s Kite was premiered in New York in 2006 by Tapestry New Opera Works with the Manhattan School of Music. His masques Orpheus and Eurydice and Aeneas and Dido (with words by André Alexis) were premiered by The Toronto Masque Theatre in 2004 and 2007. Swoon was premiered in December 2006 by the Canadian Opera Company, which has since commissioned a new opera. His current projects include a music theatre work with writer André Alexis for Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, and pieces for the Tafelmusik Choir and for New Music Concerts.
Mr. Rolfe will be onleave in New Zealand for 2011/2012.