Deborah Drattell (born 1954) is an American composer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and started her career in music as a violinist. Her compositions have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Tanglewood and Caramoor Music Festivals, and many other groups and venues. Renowned for her operas, she rewrote the role of the villain in Nicholas and Alexandra, Rasputin, from baritone to tenor when Plácido Domingo expressed interest in the role.
- Festival of Regrets (1999)
- Marina Tsvetaeva (2000)
- Lilith (2001)
- Nicholas and Alexandra (2003, Los Angeles Opera), with Plácido Domingo as Rasputin, Nancy Gustafson as Alexandra, and Rod Gilfry as Nicholas.
- Best Friends (2005) libretto by Wendy Wasserstein and Christopher Durang
Selected orchestral works
- Clarinet Concerto: Fire Dances (1986)
- The Fire Within (1989)
- Sorrow is not Melancholy (1993)
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