New Zealand born composer Matthew Suttor is the Director of the Laurie Beechman Center for Theatrical Sound Design and Music at Yale School of Drama. A Fulbright Scholar and doctoral graduate of Columbia University Suttor’s recent work includes Don Juan in Prague, a collaboration with director David Chambers for the Bard SummerScape Festival in 2003, and in 2006 at the Mozart Prague Festival, the Guggenheim Works and Process series, and the BAM Next Wave Festival. Together with sound designer Daniel Baker he founded the Broken Chord Collective. Recent productions include the score for Rolin Jones’ Pulitzer-nominated play The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at the Atlantic Theatre in New York in 2005. Recent commissions in 2007 include Syntagma, the first organ piece to be commissioned by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music from the Robert Baker Fund for New Sacred Music and TRANS/PROSE for baritone and chamber ensemble with text by Blaise Cendrars for the Beinecke Library at Yale.
Suttor’s opera based on Anne Salmond’s The Trial of the Cannibal Dog will premier at the New Zealand International Arts Festival, Wellington, in 2008.