Misha Penton is a soprano, composer, director, filmmaker, and writer.
Misha Penton is a soprano, composer, director, filmmaker, and writer. Her projects blossom in many forms: live performances, video and audio works, site specific installations, and writings. Recent projects include Threshold, a site-specific experimental new opera created for the cavernous Silos at Sawyer Yards in Houston; Anecdote of the Spirit, a contemplative music work for the Rothko Chapel; The Medusa Project with its premiere performance at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford and a film version created for Bath Spa University’s 35’ high MediaWall in the UK; an 11-part Micro Opera project; (micro)Requiem, a new film inspired by Mozart’s unfinished Requiem in D minor; and her directorial debut with Houston Grand Opera directing a new web opera in HGO’s series Star Cross’d. Misha has conceptualized, produced, and directed over 16 original evening-length performance works and more than six music video projects. Professional affiliations include Houston Grand Opera, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Menil Collection Houston, Dallas Museum of Art, The Foundation for Modern Music, The University of Houston Center for Creative Work, Jewish Community Center Houston, Liminal Space Contemporary Music Ensemble, and DiverseWorks Arts Space Houston. Upcoming projects include the fall 2021 release of Visible Darkness, a new three-video postopera EP celebrating the magnificent transformative feminine; and a principal role in the workshop phase of a new opera highlighting the challenges of Houston’s house-less residents for Houston Grand Opera. Misha’s doctoral thesis, ‘Vocality as / in Composition: solo and collaborative creation of new postopera works’, was recently approved by Bath Spa University. Visit her work at mishapenton.com