Deborah Drattell

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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.[1] Renowned for her operas,[2] she rewrote the role of the villain in Nicholas and Alexandra, Rasputin, from baritone to tenor when Plácido Domingo expressed interest in the role.[3]

Selected operas[edit]

Selected orchestral works[edit]

  • Clarinet Concerto: Fire Dances (1986)
  • The Fire Within (1989)
  • Sorrow is not Melancholy (1993)


  1. ^ Neil Stannard, Sorrow is not Melancholy: The Music of Deborah Drattell, Delos DE 1359, liner notes.
  2. ^ Deborah Drattell
  3. ^ The Urban Man